We remember Robbie

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The late Robbie Savage was synonyms with the Brave Warriors as he was the ever-present at the Independence Stadium or the Sam Nujoma Stadium when the national team was in action and would rally the crowd behind his beloved team.

Robbie Savage, 50, died this morning after a long illness. Here’s a tribute to the “Number One Fan”

When Namibia made their first appearance at the African Cup of Nations in 1998 in Burkina Faso, Robbie was there and he continued the journey of supporting another generation of players as they helped Namibia make her second appearance at the continental showpiece in 2008 in Ghana, where again he was present to see it all.

Former NFA President John Muinjo remembers Robbie Savage as a committed person to the cause of the national team and local football in general.

“Robbie was a lively character at all times and when he was not happy with something he makes sure everyone understand how he feels. Very emotional fella and one thing I will remember about him is when he came up to me and said “Mr. President, Ek wil jou sien”.

Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere has a lot to say about Robbie.

“Robson will appear at the team’s hotel from nowhere and we liked him so much that he could bath in any room, we gave him clothes and money and after that he won’t talk to us. He will be counting the money over and over to show-off. I remember he never liked Black Africa players in the national team. Willem (Mwedihanga) will always tease him so bad that Robson will struggle to call him a wamboe and would end up saying wambosh, wambosh! There was never a dull moment with him, whether he’s upset or happy, that was Robson for us”.

Frans Mbidi, NFA President says Robbie’s passion for the game should be emulated and that Namibia has lost an ardent football hero and he will remember this quote from Robbie: “My friend, moinie worry nie, ons gaan wen!.

Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the NFA: “Football will miss his straight talk and innocent opinions on the game he loved. His ways of claiming his perceived rights, particularly in the national team stands out from our interactions”.

Riccardo Mannetti reminisce Robbie as that guy that always reminded him that he was his “Laetie”.

“We grow up in the same neighborhood, Khomasdal and he was older than me and he will always make sure he tells people that “ Is my Laetie” and he never said my full name, always Ricardo nnetti. He would never say Mannetti, I never knew why, maybe because I was his Laetie. I remember one day, he insisted on wearing my jersey number (10) and he would jump up and down, “Come on Namibia!” and promoting me that I will forever remember about him”.