Cyber Nations Wiki
Advertisement

Windhoek Welwitschia was an association football (soccer) club which played in the African League, X11 Vedder League, and X11 Xpert Zone League. The club was formed on January 6, 2009 and played over the course of 17 seasons. On October 15, 2012, the Welwistchia name was retired when the Xpert Zone League club relocated to Zermatt in Switzerland and was re-branded as AFC Matterhorn, which folded after 19 seasons on July 1, 2017.

The squad was owned as part of the Staatsregeringministrie vir Sport en Atletiese van Transvaal and managed by Bartnel Botha, the former Minister for Sport & Athletics in Transvaal - although the Xpert Zone League club was under the private ownership of Bartnel Botha.

The Welwitschias played all their home matches at The Khomasdal stadium (capacity 10,300).

Vedder League[]

Welwitschia x11

Windhoek Welwitschia (Vedder League)

Weljersey

Historical uniforms: Seasons 3-5 (top), Season 6-8 (middle), Seasons 9-17 (bottom)

Wwafc001

Temprorary kit used in prior to first season

Windhoek Welwitschia joined the X11 Vedder League on January 6, 2009 prior to the commencement of that league's third season and operated for 15 seasons until ceasing operations on July 25, 2012 after the conclusion of Season 17. The squad was operated by the Staatsregeringministrie vir Sport en Atletiese van Transvaal and managed by Bartnel Botha, the former Minister for Sport & Athletics in Transvaal.

During the first five friendlies prior to the team's inaugural season, a temprorary kit was used consisting of brown shirts with white trim and white shorts with brown trim prior to adoption of the Namibian flag kit on January 28, 2009. On September 10, 2009 - prior to Vedder League Season 6 - the kit was re-designed so that the stripes were diagonal across the chest instead of vertical and offset. The sun emblem was moved to the player's left shoulder from its original location on the right side of the jersey. During the off-season prior to Season 9, the club's shorts were changed on June 17, 2010 to black with white trim.

The club sponser in their first season was Soundic Radio. For the first few seasons, the team used to be nicknamed The Wels for short and the club's fans were nicknamed Die Biltongboere after the Biltongboere Social Club located near to the Khomasdal. However in recent seasons, Biltongboeres has been adopted as a nickname by the press and club management as well. Soundic Radio was eventually dropped as an official sponser heading into in Season 17.

Windhoek played its first match, a 5-3 loss in a friendly at Khomasdal Stadium versus IGFC on January 10, 2008; Kees Waterreus scored the club's first-ever goal 29 minutes into the first-half.

Prior to joining the Vedder League, the Welwitschias had previously played one season (in February 2008) in the Transvaal Voetbalsvereniging African League, winning the regular season championship before the two domestic leagues folded.

Windhoek Welwitschia played their first competitve match on February 14, 2009 - a 2-2 draw in which Alexander Wiggers scored the club's first official goal.

Of the initial 18-man expansion roster, midfielder Bert Schut was the only player to remain with the club throughout from start to finish. The roster stabilised after the first season of changes and turnover in the subsequent three seasons was very low - with generally one player departure and one acquition on average per season. Season 7 saw numerous changes during pre-season as older players and deadwood were moved to make room for the future second generation of the team.

Club rivals in the Vedder League were Nottm Forest and Sharks FC. In the team's first four seasons, the Welwitschias played numerous friendlies against FC Sankt Pauli, a team in the higher divisions which had joined the league the same season as the Biltongboeres. The two teams never met in any competitive matches as FC Sankt Pauli folded by the time Windhoek Welwistchia reached the same division.

During Vedder League Season 9, the club's sixth season of play, Windhoek Welwistchia won their first-ever Vedder League championship (and divisional title) on August 25, 2010 after a close race in the standings with previous season's champions NEC Nijmegen. Both teams ended up tied for 21 points but Die Biltongboere held the better record on account of one more win and better goal-difference.

The club won its second league championship in Vedder League Season 13, when they took first-place with 11 wins and 34 points, once again beating second-place challengers NEC Nijmegen - but, this time around, by three points. With the championship title under their belts and two appearances in the cup finals that season, Windhoek Welwitschia eclipsed the Transvaal Springboks as the most dominant association football club in Transvaal.

Boyke Chan Carl gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on February 2, 2011, the first Biltongboere to reach the century mark. Bert Schut became the second legendary player for the club on February 26, 2011 while Jamie Alcott played 100th match around a month later on March 23, 2011. Vorster de Vries played his 100th match on April 20, 2011 versus FC Barcelona. Ivor Frederick played his 100th match on June 8, 2011 versus Nottm Forest - and became, to date, the oldest player (aged 30) to earn legendary status in the club. Carlton Drury gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on June 29, 2011 versus United. Robert Persijn played his 100th legendary match on August 20, 2011 in the first leg of their Vedder Cup draw versus FC Barcelona. Lucas Fik became the fourth legendary fullback with the club when he played in his 100th match on September 3, 2011 versus Nottm Forest in the semi-finals of the Vedder FA Cup. Pierre Schulp became the first foward to reach legendary status when he played his 100th match on November 16, 2011 versus Eshibobo FC. Mohamadou Njitap Fotso was the club's last legendary player, reaching that status in the club's final match ever on July 21, 2012 versus AFC Scunthorpe.

At the conclusion of the league's 15th season (the 13th for the club), United withdrew from the Vedder League on April 26, 2012 - and finding itself below the minimum requirement of six-teams, the Vedder League (and the club itself) was on the verge of folding. However around two weeks later on May 8, 2012, a replacement manager was found for the renamed Rosmarley United club and the Vedder League hobbled into its 16th season. During Vedder League Season 16, the club picked up its first team of the month award in the Vedder League in May 2012 (with 21,778 points).

Welwitschia won their third league championship in Vedder League Season 16 on June 16, 2012 after defeating Rosmarley United 3-0 in the final match of the season. It was another strong campaign for the club as they held the first-place spot for six weeks out of ten.

After the completion of Season 17 and with the future of the Vedder League a foregone conclusion it would now fold from a lack of teams, Windhoek Welwitschia ceased operations on July 25, 2012 just prior to the league folding two days later.

The club's final goal in the Vedder League was scored by Boyke Chan Carl off a direct freekick in the 74th minute of their 6-1 victory over AFC Scunthorpe on July 21, 2012.

Xpert Zone League[]

Namibia logo

Windhoek Welwitschia (Xpert Zone League)

Welwitschia new kit

Welwitschia uniform kit used in Xpert Zone League

After the Vedder League club folded on July 25, 2012, Bartnel Botha then applied to the Xpert Zone X11 League to resurrect the club in that league as an expansion team - in the hopes that by joining a large 300~member league, the club had a better, long-term viability for survival and success. The new club's application was approved the following day and the initial 18-man roster was made up of Angolan signings.

While maintaining its historical lineage with the former Vedder League club, the re-born Welwitschia adopted new uniforms and club crest to signal their new beginning in the Xpert Zone League. The home uniforms, manufactured and supplied by Pravus Ingruo, consisted of shirts featuring a design based on the Namibian flag (dark blue base, with red, green, and white trim and a yellow sun emblem) paired with black shorts with white trim. The away uniforms had a white shirt with green and red trim and the yellow sun emblem.

Midfielder Febrice Semba scored the club's first-ever competitive goal in the Xpert Zone League on August 14, 2012 when Die Biltongboere defeated FC Traxtor 3-2. Semba's goal came from a header set up by Valentim Panzo. Alves Capessa was in goal for the win.

However, the new team was unable to spark the same level of fan support and interest as the previous incarnation, so at the conclusion of Welwitschia's debut season in the Xpert Zone League, the team was relocated to Switzerland and rebranded as AFC Matterhorn on October 15, 2012. Midfielder Wilson Epalanga scored the last goal for the club off a freekick in the team's second to last match, a 3-1 loss to Real Gamesys on October 9, 2012.

Antonionambundi

Antonio Nambundi

After the release of Rodrigues Tchipilika on December 2, 2014, nine seasons after relocation to Switzerland, Antonio Nambundi became the last Biltongboere remaining from the original expansion roster for Windhoek Welwitschia - with four other players, Bryan Muhlack, Eliseo Felix, Hermann Kralle, and Waldemar da Costa, all still active (as of Season 34) with AFC Matterhorn who had played parts of Welwitschia's lone season in the Xpert Zone League Season 21.

Antonio Nambundi retired on January 14, 2016, at age 37, after 14 seasons with the club.

After 20 combined seasons playing as Windhoek Welwitschia and Matterhorn AFC, the club folded on July 1, 2017 at the conclusion of Season 40 in the Xpert Zone. While no original player from the Welwitschia team in Xpert Zone remained, both goalkeeper Hermann Kralle and midfielder Bryan Muhlack - who had signed with the Welwtschias midway through the club's only season in Windhoek, still were active players with Matterhorn AFC when the club disbanded - participating in all 20 seasons played in the Xpert Zone.

Club Record by Season[]

Windhoek Welwitschia
SEASON DATES DIVISION GP W D L GF GA DIF PTS PLACE MANAGER
Season 2 February 2008 African League 18 9 6 3 23 26 7 33 1st/10 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 3 Feb-Apr 2009 Division 4 10 5 3 2 27 11 16 18 2nd/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 4 Apr-Jul 2009 Division 3 10 5 4 1 32 16 16 19 3rd/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 5 Jul-Sep 2009 Division 2 12 9 0 3 35 16 19 27 2nd/7 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 6 Sep-Nov 2009 Division 2 10 7 1 2 29 14 15 22 2nd/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 7 Dec-Feb 2010 Division 1 10 6 2 2 27 28 9 20 2nd/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 8 Feb-Jun 2010 Ligue 1 12 4 4 4 29 29 0 16 4th/7 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 9 Jun-Aug 2010 Ligue 1 10 7 0 3 33 20 13 21 1st/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 10 Sep-Jan 2011 Ligue 1 18 13 1 4 56 25 31 40 2nd/10 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 11 Jan-Mar 2011 Ligue 1 16 11 1 4 48 19 29 34 3rd/9 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 12 Apr-Jul 2011 Ligue 1 14 9 3 2 41 19 22 30 2nd/8 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 13 Jul-Oct 2011 Ligue 1 14 11 1 2 47 19 28 34 1st/8 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 14 Nov-Feb 2012 Ligue 1 14 7 3 4 46 24 22 24 4th/8 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 15 Feb-Apr 2012 Ligue 1 10 4 2 4 23 20 3 14 3rd/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 16 May-Jun 2012 Ligue 1 10 7 1 2 32 12 20 22 1st/6 Bartnel Botha
Vedder League 17 Jun-Jul 2012 Ligue 1 10 8 0 2 34 12 22 24 2nd/6 Bartnel Botha
Xpert Zone League 21 Aug-Oct 2012 Beginner Zone B 18 8 3 7 44 29 15 27 5th/10 Bartnel Botha

Cup Record by Season[]

Windhoek Welwitschia
SEASON CUP GP W D L GF GA DIF FINISH
Vedder League 3 (Division 4) no competition - - - - - - - -
Vedder League 4 (Division 3) Vedder League Cup 6 3 3 0 20 11 9 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 5 (Division 2) no competition - - - - - - - -
Vedder League 6 (Division 2) Vedder League Cup 2 1 1 0 4 4 0 defeated in preliminary round
Vedder League 7 (Division 1) Vedder League Cup 2 0 1 1 6 7 -1 defeated in second round
Vedder League 8 (Division 1) Vedder League Cup 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 defeated in first round
Vedder League 8 (Division 1) Vedder FA Cup 2 1 0 1 4 2 2 defeated in second round
Vedder League 9 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 defeated in first round
Vedder League 10 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 defeated in first round
Vedder League 10 (Ligue 1) Vedder FA Cup 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 11 (Ligue 1) no competition - - - - - - - -
Vedder League 12 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 2 0 1 1 2 1 1 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 12 (Ligue 1) Vedder FA Cup 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 defeated in quarter-final
Vedder League 13 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 13 (Ligue 1) Vedder FA Cup 6 4 1 1 15 9 6 defeated in finals
Vedder League 13 (Ligue 1) Championship Cup 4 3 0 1 11 4 7 defeated in finals
Vedder League 14 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 14 (Ligue 1) Vedder FA Cup 4 1 2 1 6 10 -4 defeated in semi-finals
Vedder League 14 (Ligue 1) Championship Cup 4 2 2 0 15 6 9 defeated in semi-finals
Vedder League 15 (Ligue 1) Vedder League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 defeated in semi-finals
Vedder League 15 (Ligue 1) Vedder FA Cup 2 0 0 2 4 6 -2 defeated in quarter-finals
Vedder League 16 (Ligue 1) no competition - - - - - - - -
Vedder League 17 (Ligue 1) no competition - - - - - - - -

Career Statistics[]

Includes regular season and cup matches; * indicates player retired with club Includes regular season and cup matches; * indicates player retired with club

CAREER STATISTICS (Vedder League Seasons 3-17)
PLAYER POS SN SIGNED RELEASED GP G A PTS Y R OG X11
*Jamie Alcott MF 15 20-Jan-09 25-Jul-12 191 54 74 128 22 3 2 109
*Vorster de Vries MF 15 18-Feb-09 25-Jul-12 181 46 68 114 28 2 1 27
*Bert Schut MF 15 06-Jan-09 25-Jul-12 189 53 57 110 31 2 1 87
*Samuel Evans F 13 12-Jul-09 25-Jul-12 127 79 26 105 39 2 0 21
*Emil Saxo F 15 17-Feb-09 25-Jul-12 112 78 13 91 15 0 0 2
*Boyke Chan Carl D 15 04-Mar-09 25-Jul-12 191 60 27 87 35 1 0 62
*Ivor Frederick MF 15 29-Jan-09 25-Jul-12 171 35 37 72 30 3 0 2
*Pierre Schulp F 14 06-Jan-09 19-Jun-12 121 48 20 68 13 0 0 18
Marc Hesselink MF 8 06-Jan-09 06-Dec-10 84 16 26 42 11 0 0 21
*Carlton Drury D 15 21-Jan-09 24-Jul-12 161 19 18 37 19 2 2 66
*Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 9 02-Jul-10 25-Jul-12 100 11 24 35 12 1 0 0
*Dieter Nassylaan MF 10 16-May-10 25-Jul-12 94 8 27 35 11 1 0 4
*Bismarck Botha F 10 24-Feb-10 25-Jul-12 68 25 9 34 15 0 0 3
Kees Waterreus F 8 06-Jan-09 10-Jan-11 73 22 12 34 5 0 0 18
*Christopher Pike MF 8 08-Dec-10 25-Jul-12 71 13 18 31 34 8 0 1
Roger Deemer F 5 06-Jan-09 24-Feb-10 29 21 6 27 8 2 0 1
Gerald Noorlander MF 3 06-Jan-09 12-Sep-09 25 5 13 18 4 0 0 6
Lucas Fik D 13 06-Jan-09 29-Feb-12 123 4 13 17 18 4 0 14
Alexander Wiggers MF 4 06-Jan-09 09-Dec-09 24 7 9 16 9 5 0 4
Robert Persijn D 12 06-Jan-09 24-Dec-11 122 5 10 15 24 1 0 13
Rudy van Bronckhorst F 2 06-Jan-09 11-Jul-09 15 9 2 11 2 1 0 3
*Antunes Paço D 9 27-Jul-10 25-Jul-12 79 4 7 11 7 1 0 0
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 5 04-Jan-10 17-Apr-11 31 4 5 9 2 0 0 0
*Bram Otterloo D 5 22-Aug-11 25-Jul-12 34 2 1 3 3 0 0 0
*Rusty Roswell MF 3 01-Mar-12 25-Jul-12 13 1 2 3 3 0 0 0
Christopher Tataw F 2 16-Apr-11 21-Aug-11 6 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Ditre Ramotswa D 2 01-Dec-09 25-Jun-10 8 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Romeo Nilo MF 1 05-Jan-09 04-Mar-10 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
Chris Roest D 2 06-Jan-09 13-May-09 7 0 2 2 2 0 0 1
Michael Gerd MF 2 21-Dec-09 12-May-10 7 1 0 1 4 2 0 0
Cees de Jong D 4 06-Jan-09 09-Dec-09 30 0 1 1 3 1 1 4
*Gil Sá GK 15 22-Jan-09 25-Jul-12 96 0 0 0 3 0 0 7
*Manos Torgo GK 14 15-May-09 25-Jul-12 95 0 0 0 2 0 0 26
*Jean Il Ewane D 4 24-Dec-11 25-Jul-12 27 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
*Henrique Neto GK 7 10-Jan-11 25-Jul-12 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlie Watkins GK 4 05-Feb-09 01-Dec-09 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark van Bilsen MF 2 05-Mar-10 29-Jun-10 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
*Siddharth Bahuguna F 1 23-Jun-12 25-Jul-12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tusker Ndaw Zagwe MF 1 14-Sep-09 02-Dec-09 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max van Curen D 1 02-Jul-10 26-Jul-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dakarai Baako MF 1 21-Jan-09 01-Mar-09 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

Great Biltongboere players[]

  • Jamie Alcott - midfield; wore #9. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on March 23, 2011 versus FC Barcelona. He was 2nd in the league's all-time career scoring with 109 points and led the Vedder League in all-time career assists with 65. He was 8th (tied with teammate Ivor Frederick) in all-time career bookings in the Vedder League with 21 yellow cards. He was named to X11 Teams 95 times and finished 2nd in all-time career X11 selections in the Vedder League.
Boyke chan carl

Boyke Chan Carl

  • Boyke Chan Carl - fullback; wore #17. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on February 2, 2011 versus Eshibobo FC. One of the greatest fullbacks for Die Biltongboere, his booming foot and accuracy on freekicks ensured he led all defensemen in goal-scoring - with 50 goals during his career and double that number of his nearest challenger. Overall, in league scoring, he was 7th in the league's all-time goal scoring with his 50 tallies. He was also tied with Bert Schut in second-place for all-time career bookings with 25 yellow cards. Boyke was named to the X11 Teams 50 times, good enough for 9th place in career X11 selections in the Vedder League. He was third in league scoring (15 points) and goals (11) during Season 10.
  • Roger Deemer - forward; wore #11. An original Biltongboere, he played in the club's first five seasons. He was released on February 24, 2010 at the age of 32. His final match played was on February 13, 2010 against IFK Göteborg. While never one of the most talented forwards on the squad, at the time of his departure he led the club in career goals (21) and was 4th in career points (27). He had 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Vedder League Season 3 (Division 4) and 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Vedder League Season 7 (Division 1)
Vorster de vries

Vorster de Vries

  • Vorster de Vries - midfielder; wore #20. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on April 20, 2011 versus FC Barcelona. He was 7th in the league's all-time scoring with 82 points and 3rd in all-time career assists with 50. He was 4th in all-time career bookings with 24 yellow cards. De Vries's best campaigns were from Season 7 to Season 13 as he led the team as its primary midfield playmaker.
Charlton drury

Charlton Drury

  • Carlton Drury - fullback; wore #2. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until his retirement at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on June 29, 2011 versus United. He was named to X11 Team 66 times and finished 9th in all-time career X11 selections in the Vedder League. Drury sustained a major injury half-way through Vedder League Season 17 and he retired at the conclusion of that season, aged 35. At the time of his retirement on July 23, 2012, Drury was 6th in career matches (161) and 10th in career points (35) scored with the club. In Vedder League statistics for the regular season, he was the third highest-scoring fullback ever - with 31 points.
  • Samuel Evans - forward; wore #15. Played in the Vedder League from Season 5 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. Evans signed with the club as a free agent in Season 5 and he steadily deveolped into a complete attacking known for his toughness, playing stamina, coolness under pressure, and a hard shot. He played his 100th legendary match (coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute) on January 28, 2012 versus United in the second-leg of The Championship cup semi-finals. In 127 matches played for the Welwitschias, Evans scored 79 goals and 105 points. He was 8th in the league's all-time scoring with 75 points and 4th in all-time goal scoring with 54 goals. He led the Vedder League with all-time career bookings with 27 yellow cards. He became the club's leading goal-scorer by the end of Vedder League Season 16, after also leading the Vedder League for points and goals that season. Evans was 5th in career points, 3rd in career goals, and led the Vedder League for career bookings (30) - although he only ever fell prey to expulsions twice in his career.
Lucas fik

Lucas Fik

  • Lucas Fik - fullback; wore #5. An original Biltongboere, Fik played 13 seasons for the club and was frequently paired up with Robert Persijn. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on September 3, 2011 versus Nottm Forest in the semi-finals of the Vedder FA Cup. At 34 years-old, Fik was released by the club two weeks into Vedder League Season 14 on February 29, 2012. Strictly a stay-at-home defender, he scored just 4 goals in 123 matches played; statistically, his most productive season was his final campaign where he scored 1 goal and picked up 3 assists. His only league merit occured in Season 8 when he finished 2nd for most sendings-off (1 red card).
Fotso

Mohamadou Njitap Fotso

  • Mohamadou Njitap Fotso - midfielder; wore #18. Fotso was the club's last legendary player, reaching that status in the club's final match on July 21, 2012 versus AFC Scunthorpe in which he scored one goal and one assist. Regarded as a bargain player when he was signed in July 2010 during Season 9 for just $120,900, Fotso steadily developed into a reliable midfielder worth over $5.3 million. His best campaign was Seaon 12 when he scored 4 goals and 10 points in 20 matches played. His career totals saw him scoring 11 goals and 35 points.
  • Ivor Frederick - midfielder; wore #8. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on June 8, 2011 versus Nottm Forest. He was 8th (tied with Jamie Alcott) in all-time career bookings in the Vedder League with 21 yellow cards. Never a major producer on the field, his statistical output saw him generally ranked around 15th to 20th in most scoring catagories; his primary ability was that of an on-field general and was co-captain or team captain for a total of 12 seasons.
  • Marc Hesselink - midfielder; wore #7. An original Biltongboere, he played in the club's first eight seasons until he was released on December 6, 2010 at the age of 34. His final match was played on November 10, 2010 and announced his retirement at the end of Vedder League Season 10 soon afterwards. One of the most intelligent players to wear the Welwitschia sweater, during his tenure with the club he was the primary playmaker on the midfield until superseded by Bert Schut and Jamie Alcott. At the time of his departure, he was 2nd in career games played with the club (84), 5th in career points (42), 3rd in career assists (26), and 5th in career X11 selections (21). In Vedder League merits, he was the 1st MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season 3 (Div.4), had 2nd most assists (6 assists) in Season 4 (Div.3), and had 3rd most assists (4 assists) in Season 6 (Div.2)
Robert persijn

Robert Persijn

  • Robert Persijn - fullback; wore #3. He played his 100th legendary match on August 20, 2011 in the first leg of their Vedder Cup draw versus FC Barcelona. An original Biltongboere, Persijn played for twelve seasons with the club until his departure midway through Season 14 at the age of 34. His final match was a 6-1 loss to NEC Nijmegen on December 21, 2011; he was released by the club three days later as management began to look at rebuilding an aging defensive corps. Persijn finished with the club in seventh-place for career matches played (122). His best season was probably in Vedder League Season 4 (his second with the club) when he finsihed with 6 X11 selections. During his career in the Vedder League, he picked up league merits for 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 3 (Div.4) and 3rd most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season 8 (Ligue 1)
  • Gil Sá - goalkeeper; wore #1. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He was ranked 4th in all-time career matches played by a goalkeeper with 79 games played during the regular season. He totalled 96 matches for Die Biltongboere during which he had a 64% save average. His best season was Season 4 when he had an impressive 80% average. Season 10 was his busiest campaign from playing in 12 matches for the team.
Emil saxo

Emil Saxo

  • Emil Saxo - forward; wore #28. Played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. A versitile player with a booming and accurate kick and deft heading abilities, Saxo made the most of his generally limited playing time to over-achieve as a reserve forward before blossoming into a bonafide scorer in the league later in his career. He was the only player to reach double-digits for goals more than once in his career, a feat he accomplished back-to-back in Season 13 and Season 14. In Season 14, he scored 15 goals; a club record. He was third in league scoring during Season 13 and finished Season 14 as the club's all-time leading goal-scorer (63 goals). He was 9th in career scoring with 82 points and was 2nd in the league's all-time goal scoring with 70 goals during the regular season. He played in his 100th legendary match on May 30, 2012 during Season 16.
Pierre schulp

Pierre Schulp

  • Pierre Schulp - forward; wore #12. He was an original member of Die Biltongboere and played 14 seasons with the club - retiring after the completeion of Season 16. His best campaigns came in Season 4 when he scored a career high of 7 goals and 9 points and then the following season when he finished 3rd for goals (5) in Division 2 of the Vedder League. Schulp played his 100th legendary match on November 16, 2011 versus Eshibobo FC but saw his playing-time reduced during his final season to substitute duty. Despite his long tenure with the club, his production on the field was often eclipsed by Samuel Evans and Emil Saxo. Schulp played his final match on June 9, 2012 when he replaced Emil Saxo as an injury substitute in the 9th minute of the game.
Bert schut

Bert Schut

  • Bert Schut - midfield; wore #6. An original Biltongboere, he played in the Vedder League from Season 3 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He gained legendary status after playing his 100th match on February 26, 2011 versus NEC Nijmegen. In October 2009, during Season 6, NEC Nijmegen made an above-market transfer offer for Schut but it was quickly rejected by the club. He missed half of Season 16 due to a 5-game suspension he picked up on May 23, 2012 against Nottm Forest after he severedly injured fullback Jean Joel Mokole. He was 4th in the league's all-time scoring with 95 points, 9th in the league's all-time goal scoring with 46 goals, and 5th in all-time career assists in the league with 49. Schutt was 4th in all-time career bookings with 26 yellow cards. He played in 153 matches - which placed him (tied with Jamie Alcott) for 8th for all-time career matches played in the Vedder League. He was named to X11 Teams 73 times and finished 4th in all-time career X11 selections in the Vedder League.
  • Manos Torgo - goalkeeper; wore #27. Played in the Vedder League from Season 4 until the club folded at the end of Season 17. He was ranked 5th in all-time career matches played by a goalkeeper with 73 games played during regular-season play. His career with the Welwitschia spanned a total of 95 matches and he was regarded the greatest Transavler goalkeeper by the time the club ceased operations. His strongest efforts came in Season 16 when he had an 83% save average. He played a season-high of 14 games in Season 13 and was instrumental in leading the club to its second and third league championships. Manos Torgo came out of retirement on March 2, 2013 when he signed a $8,612,700 contract with the Transvaal Springboks in Liga Mundo.
  • Kees Waterreus - forward/midfielder; wore #10. An original Biltongboere, he played in the club's first eight seasons until he was released during the off-season after Season 10 on January 10, 2011 at the age of 34. His final match was played on January 5, 2010 and three days later announced his intention to retire at the end of Vedder League Season 11. He departed the club ranked 8th in career matches played (73), 7th in career points (34) and career goals (22), and 9th in career assists (26). He was named the X11 team a total of 18 times – all of them in regular season matches. The hardworking Waterreus was often used back on the midfield line as a playmaker during critical matches to throw off opposing defenders and such tactics often worked to the advantage of the Welwitschias. Injuries in Season 8 took their toll and despite scoring his second-highest number of goals in his final season, he struggled to maintain high form and performance as he played most of his matches as a midfielder substitute. Waterreus's best season was in Season 4 when he led the team in goal scoring with 8. He was also had the second-highest number of goals and third-highest points in the Vedder League that season for Division 3.

Captains[]

Ivor frederick

Ivor Frederick

Jamie alcott

Jamie Alcott

Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) and Ivor Frederick (midfielder) alternated as captains during the team's first four seasons of play. Ivor Frederick then became the sole captain in Vedder League Season 7 after Watkins' release at the conclusion of the previous season. He held that position until the end of Season 12. Jamie Alcott was then appointed captain for one season, in Season 13, in which he led the team to their second championship title. Ivor Frederick regained his captaincy in Season 14 but then relinquished it back to Jamie Alcott at the start of Season 16.

Felisberto Mukissa was named the first captain of the re-born Biltongboere in the Xpert Zone League.

  • Vedder League Season 3 - Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) & Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 4 - Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) & Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 5 - Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) & Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 6 - Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) & Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 7 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 8 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 9 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 10 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 11 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 12 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 13 - Jamie Alcott (defender)
  • Vedder League Season 14 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 15 - Ivor Frederick (midfielder)
  • Vedder League Season 16 - Jamie Alcott (defender)
  • Vedder League Season 17 - Jamie Alcott (defender)
  • Xpert Zone League Season 21 - Felisberto Mukissa (goalkeeper)

Goalkeepers[]

Gil sa

Gil Sá

Manos torgo

Manos Torgo

Henrique neto

Henrique Neto

GOALKEEPER LINE-UPS BY SEASON
SEASON STARTING GOALKEEPER BACK-UP GOALKEEPER
Vedder League 3 Gil Sá Charlie Watkins
Vedder League 4 Charlie Watkins Gil Sá
Vedder League 5 Gil Sá Charlie Watkins
Vedder League 6 Gil Sá Manos Torgo
Vedder League 7 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 8 Gil Sá Manos Torgo
Vedder League 9 Gil Sá Manos Torgo
Vedder League 10 Gil Sá Manos Torgo
Vedder League 11 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 12 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 13 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 14 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 15 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 16 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Vedder League 17 Manos Torgo Gil Sá
Xpert Zone League Season 21 Felisberto Mukissa Alves Capessa

Club record book[]

  • Most goals in one season: 15 goals - Emil Saxo (Season 12)
  • Most assists in one season: 13 assists - Jamie Alcott (Season 11); Dieter Nassylaan (Season 12)
  • Most points in one season: 24 points - Jamie Alcott (Season 11)
  • Most X11 selections in one season: 18 X11 - Jamie Alcott (Season 11)

Championship teams[]

Veddercup9

Vedder League regular season championship trophy

Vedder League Season 9: Jamie Alcott, Iwan Bissumbhar, Bismarck Botha, Boyke Chan Carl, Vorster de Vries, Carlton Drury, Samuel Evans, Lucas Fik, Mohamadou Njitap Fotso, Ivor Frederick, Marc Hesselink, Dieter Nassylaan, Antunes Paço, Robert Persijn, Gil Sá, Emil Saxo, Pierre Schulp, Bert Schut, Manos Torgo, Mark van Bilsen, Max van Curen, Kees Waterreus

  • Player of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Goalkeeper of the season: Gil Sá
  • Fullback of the season: Boyke Chan Carl
  • Midfielder of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Forward of the season: Samuel Evans
  • Prospect of the season: midfielder Dieter Nassylaan
  • Rookie of the season: midfielder Mohamadou Njitap Fotso
  • Most Improved Player: Jamie Alcott

Vedder League Season 13: Jamie Alcott, Bismarck Botha, Boyke Chan Carl, Vorster de Vries, Carlton Drury, Samuel Evans, Lucas Fik, Mohamadou Njitap Fotso, Ivor Frederick, Dieter Nassylaan, Henrique Neto, Bram Otterloo, Antunes Paço, Robert Persijn, Christopher Pike, Gil Sá, Emil Saxo, Pierre Schulp, Bert Schut, Christopher Tataw, Manos Torgo

Vedder League Season 16: Jamie Alcott, Bismarck Botha, Boyke Chan Carl, Vorster de Vries, Carlton Drury, Samuel Evans, Jean Il Ewane, Mohamadou Njitap Fotso, Ivor Frederick, Dieter Nassylaan, Henrique Neto, Bram Otterloo, Antunes Paço, Christopher Pike, Rusty Roswell, Gil Sá, Emil Saxo, Pierre Schulp, Bert Schut, Manos Torgo

Season-by-season[]

Vedder League - Season 3 (Division 4)[]

Khomasdal

Khomasdal Stadium, Windhoek

EXPANSION ROSTER (January 12, 2008): Roger Deemer, Cees de Jong, Jan de Langen, Lucas Fik, Marc Hesselink, Henk-Jan Koopman, Geert Nederkoorn, Gerald Noorlander, Chris Roest, Cor Robben, Robert Persijn, Pierre Schulp, Bert Schut, Rick Sier, Rudy van Bronckhorst, Silvio Vanenburg, Kees Waterreus, and Alexander Wiggers

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Jamie Alcott signed ($95,300) as free agent on January 20, 2009; Silvio Vanenburg and Cor Robben released January 21, 2009; Carlton Drury signed ($600,000) as free agent on January 21, 2009; Dakarai Baako (prospect) signed January 21, 2009; Gil Sá signed ($900,000) as free agent on January 22, 2009; Geert Nederkoorn and Jan de Langen released January 26, 2009; Rick Sier released on January 29, 2009; Ivor Frederick signed ($900,000) as free agent on January 29, 2009; Charlie Watkins signed ($600,000) as free-agent on February 5, 2009; Henk-Jan Koopman sold for $125,076 on February 6, 2009; Emil Saxo signed ($676,003) as free agent on February 17, 2009; Vorster de Vries (junior prospect) signed on February 18, 2009; Dakarai Baako released March 1, 2009; Boyke Chan Carl (junior prospect) signed on March 4, 2009

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
10-Jan-09 IGFC 3-5 L friendly
13-Jan-09 at Olympique Clarice 0-0 D friendly
17-Jan-09 AFC Scunthorpe 6-1 W friendly
20-Jan-09 FC Sankt Pauli 3-0 W friendly
24-Jan-09 at IGFC 1-2 L friendly
27-Jan-09 All Star Bassist F.C 3-2 W friendly
31-Jan-09 at FC Sankt Pauli 3-2 W friendly
03-Feb-09 Subliminal Rovers 3-3 D friendly
07-Feb-09 H Block Harriers 2-6 L friendly
10-Feb-09 Rosmarley Pirates 2-1 W friendly
14-Feb-09 at Blonde Moments 2-2 D 3rd
21-Feb-09 F.C. This is Malfoy 2-0 W 2nd
28-Feb-09 at Runnin Utes 2-4 L 2nd
07-Mar-09 Nottm Forest 0-0 D 4th
14-Mar-09 at IGFC 5-0 W 2nd
21-Mar-09 IGFC 4-0 W 2nd
28-Mar-09 at Nottm Forest 1-3 L 2nd
04-Apr-09 Sharks FC 2-2 D 3rd
11-Apr-09 at F.C. This is Malfoy 3-0 W 2nd
18-Apr-09 Blonde Moments 6-0 W 2nd
21-Apr-09 FC Sankt Pauli 4-1 W friendly
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Rudy van Bronckhorst F 5 5 1 6 1
Bert Schut MF 9 4 2 6 4
Ivor Frederick MF 7 3 2 5 0
Jamie Alcott MF 4 0 5 5 1
Roger Deemer F 5 3 1 4 0
Alexander Wiggers MF 6 3 1 4 4
Pierre Schulp F 6 2 1 3 1
Gerald Noorlander MF 7 1 2 3 4
Kees Waterreus F 7 1 2 3 2
Marc Hesselink MF 8 1 2 3 7
Emil Saxo F 3 2 0 2 0
Chris Roest D 6 0 2 2 1
Vorster de Vries MF 3 0 1 1 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 6 0 1 1 2
Robert Persijn D 6 0 0 0 1
Lucas Fik D 6 0 0 0 3
Gil Sá GK 6 0 0 0 0
Charlie Watkins GK 5 0 0 0 0
Cees de Jong D 5 0 0 0 2
Carlton Drury D 4 0 0 0 0
Dakarai Baako MF 1 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 4 (Division 3)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Chris Roest released on May 13, 2009; Manos Torgo signed ($1,200,000) as free-agent on May 16, 2009.

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
28-Apr-09 SAFA Sporting Club 6-2 W cup match
02-May-09 The Young Dribblers 5-0 W 1st
05-May-09 at SAFA Sporting Club 6-0 W cup match
09-May-09 at IGFC 5-2 W 1st
09-May-09 H Block Harriers 6-3 W cup match
16-May-09 Nottm Forest 6-2 W 1st
09-May-09 at H Block Harriers 1-2 L cup match
23-May-09 at Highway FC 2-2 D 2nd
23-May-09 at Sumney FC 0-2 L cup match
30-May-09 at Sharks FC 1-4 L 2nd
23-May-09 Sumney FC 1-2 L cup match
06-Jun-09 Sharks FC 1-1 D 2nd
13-Jun-09 Highway FC 4-1 W 2nd
16-Jun-09 at FC Sankt Pauli 3-2 W friendly
20-Jun-09 at Nottm Forest 2-2 D 2nd
27-Jun-09 Chizz Boy F.C 1-1 D 3rd
04-Jul-09 at The Young Dribblers 5-1 W 3rd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Marc Hesselink MF 16 5 7 12 6
Vorster de Vries MF 9 3 8 11 0
Gerald Noorlander MF 10 3 8 11 0
Kees Waterreus F 10 8 2 10 6
Pierre Schulp F 8 7 2 9 2
Bert Schut MF 12 4 4 8 5
Roger Deemer F 7 4 2 6 1
Ivor Frederick MF 11 4 2 6 0
Rudy van Bronckhorst F 10 4 1 5 2
Emil Saxo F 5 3 1 4 0
Alexander Wiggers MF 7 1 3 4 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 14 0 4 4 1
Lucas Fik D 7 1 2 3 1
Jamie Alcott MF 15 2 0 2 4
Carlton Drury D 9 1 1 2 1
Robert Persijn D 10 1 1 2 6
Cees de Jong D 10 0 0 0 0
Charlie Watkins GK 7 0 0 0 0
Gil Sá GK 7 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 2 0 0 0 0
Chris Roest D 1 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 5 (Division 2)[]

Samuel evans

Samuel Evans

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Rudy van Bronckhorst sold ($500,052) on July 11, 2009; Samuel Evans signed ($120,000) as free agent on July 12, 2009.

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
11-Jul-09 FC Sankt Pauli 3-1 W friendly
14-Jul-09 H Block Harriers 5-4 W friendly
18-Jul-09 Subliminal Rovers 0-4 L friendly
21-Jul-09 Sumney FC 2-1 W friendly
25-Jul-09 at SAFA Sporting Club 4-0 W 1st
28-Jul-09 Voom de futbol 3-4 L 3rd
01-Aug-09 Nottm Forest 5-1 W 1st
04-Aug-09 at Sharks FC 1-4 L 2nd
08-Aug-09 Chizz Boy F.C 2-1 W 1st
11-Aug-09 at Highway FC 3-0 1st
22-Aug-09 Highway FC 5-1 3rd
25-Aug-09 at Chizz Boy F.C 0-1 L 3rd
29-Aug-09 Sharks FC 2-1 W 3rd
01-Sep-09 at Nottm Forest 3-1 W 3rd
05-Sep-09 at Voom de futbol 3-1 W 3rd
08-Sep-09 SAFA Sporting Club 4-1 W 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Bert Schut MF 9 4 6 10 4
Roger Deemer F 7 5 2 7 0
Pierre Schulp F 8 5 1 6 5
Jamie Alcott MF 9 4 2 6 7
Marc Hesselink MF 8 2 4 6 2
Samuel Evans F 5 4 1 5 0
Alexander Wiggers MF 6 2 3 5 0
Gerald Noorlander MF 8 1 3 4 2
Boyke Chan Carl D 10 3 0 3 7
Emil Saxo F 5 2 1 3 0
Kees Waterreus F 9 2 1 3 2
Ivor Frederick MF 9 1 2 3 0
Vorster de Vries MF 8 0 2 2 0
Lucas Fik D 7 0 1 1 3
Carlton Drury D 7 0 1 1 4
Robert Persijn D 8 0 0 0 3
Cees de Jong D 8 0 0 0 1
Gil Sá GK 5 0 0 0 1
Charlie Watkins GK 4 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 3 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 6 (Division 2)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Gerald Noorlander released on September 12, 2009; Tusker Ndaw Zagwe signed ($800,000) as free agent on September 14, 2009

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
12-Sep-09 Sumney FC 1-3 L friendly
15-Sep-09 FC Sankt Pauli 3-0 W friendly
19-Sep-09 The Confederacy 1-1 D friendly
26-Sep-09 at SAFA Sporting Club 5-2 W 1st
03-Oct-09 Supa Strikas fc 3-2 W 2nd
06-Oct-09 Sumney FC 2-1 W cup match
10-Oct-09 at Nottm Forest 1-2 L 2nd
13-Oct-09 at Sumney FC 2-3 L cup match
17-Oct-09 Sharks FC 1-3 L 3rd
24-Oct-09 at Real Durban FC 5-1 W 3rd
27-Oct-09 at NEC Nijmegen 1-4 L friendly
31-Oct-09 Real Durban FC 4-1 W 3rd
07-Nov-09 at Sharks FC 1-0 W 3rd
14-Nov-09 Nottm Forest 2-1 W 3rd
17-Nov-09 FC Sankt Pauli 3-3 D friendly
21-Nov-09 at Supa Strikas fc 2-2 D 3rd
28-Nov-09 SAFA Sporting Club 5-0 W 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Ivor Frederick MF 7 4 2 6 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 12 4 2 6 9
Bert Schut MF 10 4 1 5 5
Jamie Alcott MF 10 4 1 5 7
Marc Hesselink MF 10 1 4 5 3
Roger Deemer F 5 4 0 4 0
Pierre Schulp F 8 4 0 4 2
Samuel Evans F 5 2 2 4 1
Vorster de Vries MF 9 1 3 4 0
Kees Waterreus F 9 1 3 4 6
Alexander Wiggers MF 5 1 2 3 0
Carlton Drury D 7 1 2 3 2
Robert Persijn D 7 0 2 2 2
Emil Saxo F 4 1 0 1 0
Cees de Jong D 7 0 1 1 1
Lucas Fik D 9 0 0 0 5
Gil Sá GK 5 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 4 0 0 0 0
Charlie Watkins GK 3 0 0 0 0
Tusker Ndaw Zagwe MF 3 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 7 (Division 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Charlie Watkins released on December 1, 2009; Ditre Ramotswa signed ($600,000) as free agent on December 1, 2009; Tusker Ndaw Zagwe released on December 2, 2009; Jerry Chan Carl (junior prospect) signed on December 2, 2009; Cees de Jong sold ($288,000) on December 8, 2009; Alexander Wiggers sold ($644,000) on December 9, 2009; Michael Gerd signed ($357,200) as free agent on December 21, 2009; Jerry Chan Carl released on December 23, 2009; Iwan Bissumbhar (junior prospect) signed on March 4, 2009; Romeo Nilo signed ($78,100) as free agent on January 5, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
01-Dec-09 IFK Göteborg 4-0 W friendly
05-Dec-09 Rosmarley Pirates 4-2 W friendly
08-Dec-09 United 1-2 L friendly
12-Dec-09 Subliminal Rovers 4-3 W friendly
15-Dec-09 AFC Scunthorpe 2-3 L friendly
19-Dec-09 NEC Nijmegen 3-3 D 4th
26-Dec-09 IFK Göteborg 3-0 W 2nd
02-Jan-10 Sharks FC 3-2 W 1st
05-Jan-10 at Nottm Forest 2-3 L cup match
09-Jan-10 at FC Barcelona 2-2 D 2nd
12-Jan-10 Nottm Forest 4-4 D cup match
16-Jan-10 at Druids Inc. 3-1 W 2nd
23-Jan-10 Druids Inc. 4-0 W 1st
30-Jan-10 FC Barcelona 3-1 W 1st
06-Feb-10 at Sharks FC 1-2 L 2nd
13-Feb-10 at IFK Göteborg 5-2 W 1st
20-Feb-10 at NEC Nijmegen 0-5 L 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Samuel Evans F 6 7 3 10 1
Jamie Alcott MF 8 3 7 10 7
Vorster de Vries MF 10 2 5 7 3
Roger Deemer F 5 5 1 6 0
Kees Waterreus F 9 3 2 5 2
Emil Saxo F 5 3 0 3 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 9 2 1 3 4
Pierre Schulp F 7 2 0 2 0
Marc Hesselink MF 9 2 0 2 0
Carlton Drury D 11 2 0 2 7
Romeo Nilo MF 3 0 2 2 0
Ivor Frederick MF 7 0 2 2 0
Bert Schut MF 10 0 2 2 5
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 3 1 0 1 0
Michael Gerd MF 4 1 0 1 0
Ditre Ramotswa D 4 0 1 1 0
Robert Persijn D 7 0 1 1 0
Lucas Fik D 7 0 1 1 0
Manos Torgo GK 8 0 0 0 0
Gil Sá GK 5 0 0 0 1

Vedder League - Season 8 (Ligue 1)[]

Bismarck botha

Bismarck Botha

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Roger Deemer released on February 24, 2010; Bismarck Botha (junior prospect) signed on February 24, 2010; Romeo Nilo released on March 4, 2010; Mark van Bilsen acquired from Rosmarley Pirates for $250,000 on March 5, 2010; Michael Gerd released on May 12, 2010; Dieter Nassylaan (junior prospect) signed on May 12, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
27-Feb-10 Nottm Forest 3-0 W friendly
02-Mar-10 Rosmarley Pirates 3-2 W friendly
06-Mar-10 at Sharks FC 0-2 L cup match
09-Mar-10 Rosmarley Pirates 6-1 W 1st
13-Mar-10 Sharks FC 1-3 L cup match
23-Mar-10 at Sharks FC 0-2 L 3rd
30-Mar-10 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-4 D 3rd
06-Apr-10 United 1-4 L 5th
13-Apr-10 FC Barcelona 4-4 D 5th
20-Apr-10 at NEC Nijmegen 1-3 L 6th
27-Apr-10 NEC Nijmegen 2-0 W 4th
04-May-10 at FC Barcelona 1-1 D 4th
11-May-10 at United 3-3 D 6th
15-May-10 SAFA Sporting Club 4-1 W cup match
18-May-10 AFC Scunthorpe 5-1 W 4th
22-May-10 Sharks FC 0-1 L cup match
25-May-10 Sharks FC 2-1 W 3rd
08-Jun-10 at Rosmarley Pirates 0-5 L 4th
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Vorster de Vries MF 15 7 8 15 3
Boyke Chan Carl D 16 6 5 11 3
Samuel Evans F 7 4 3 7 1
Marc Hesselink MF 13 4 2 6 1
Jamie Alcott MF 13 1 5 6 5
Emil Saxo F 7 3 2 5 0
Kees Waterreus F 11 3 2 5 0
Bert Schut MF 12 2 0 2 1
Carlton Drury D 12 1 1 2 5
Ditre Ramotswa D 4 1 0 1 0
Lucas Fik D 10 1 0 1 0
Pierre Schulp F 10 0 1 1 0
Robert Persijn D 11 0 0 0 0
Gil Sá GK 10 0 0 0 1
Ivor Frederick MF 10 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 6 0 0 0 0
Bismarck Botha F 5 0 0 0 0
Mark van Bilsen MF 4 0 0 0 0
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 4 0 0 0 0
Michael Gerd MF 3 0 0 0 0
Dieter Nassylaan MF 3 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 9 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Ditre Ramotswa sold ($600,012) on June 25, 2010; Mark van Bilsen sold ($250,100) on June 29, 2010; Mohamadou Njitap Fotso signed ($357,200) as free agent on July 2, 2010; Max van Curen (junior prospect) signed on July 2, 2010; Max van Curen released on July 26, 2010; Antunes Paço signed ($1,396,700) as free agent on July 27, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
12-Jun-10 Chizz Boy F.C 6-0 W friendly
15-Jun-10 Space City Rockets 4-2 W friendly
19-Jun-10 Nottm Forest 3-1 W friendly
23-Jun-10 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-3 W 1st
26-Jun-10 United 1-2 L cup match
30-Jun-10 at Sharks FC 2-3 L 3rd
03-Jul-10 at United 0-3 L cup match
07-Jul-10 NEC Nijmegen 2-1 W 2nd
14-Jul-10 United 3-1 W 2nd
21-Jul-10 Nottm Forest 6-1 W 1st
28-Jul-10 at Nottm Forest 3-2 W 1st
04-Aug-10 at United 2-4 L 1st
11-Aug-10 at NEC Nijmegen 3-4 L 2nd
18-Aug-10 Sharks FC 4-0 W 2nd
25-Aug-10 AFC Scunthorpe 4-1 W 1st
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Samuel Evans F 8 7 3 10 2
Vorster de Vries MF 11 5 2 7 4
Jamie Alcott MF 9 3 4 7 8
Ivor Frederick MF 9 3 3 6 1
Boyke Chan Carl D 10 5 0 5 3
Emil Saxo F 5 4 1 5 0
Bert Schut MF 9 3 2 5 3
Pierre Schulp F 6 1 2 3 0
Marc Hesselink MF 9 1 2 3 2
Dieter Nassylaan MF 4 1 1 2 0
Carlton Drury D 9 1 1 2 2
Robert Persijn D 9 0 2 2 0
Bismarck Botha F 3 0 1 1 0
Lucas Fik D 7 0 1 1 0
Gil Sá GK 8 0 0 0 1
Kees Waterreus F 6 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 5 0 0 0 0
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 5 0 0 0 0
Antunes Paço D 3 0 0 0 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 3 0 0 0 0
Max van Curen D 1 0 0 0 0
Mark van Bilsen MF 1 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 10 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Marc Hesselink released on December 6, 2010; Christopher Pike signed ($3,415,900) as free agent on December 8, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
01-Sep-10 at NEC Nijmegen 2-2 D friendly
04-Sep-10 at AFC Scunthorpe 1-2 L cup match
08-Sep-10 at Eshibobo FC 2-5 L 8th
11-Sep-10 AFC Scunthorpe 2-2 D cup match
15-Sep-10 Space City Rockets 5-1 W 5th
22-Sep-10 at AFC Scunthorpe 2-3 L 5th
29-Sep-10 Sharks FC 4-1 W 5th
06-Oct-10 at Real Rochester 5-1 W 5th
13-Oct-10 FC Barcelona 2-0 W 5th
20-Oct-10 at Nottm Forest 3-1 W 2nd
27-Oct-10 United 2-1 W 2nd
03-Nov-10 at NEC Nijmegen 1-0 W 1st
06-Nov-10 vs FC Barcelona 0-4 L cup match
10-Nov-10 NEC Nijmegen 0-1 L 2nd
17-Nov-10 at United 3-3 D 2nd
24-Nov-10 Nottm Forest 4-2 W 2nd
01-Dec-10 at FC Barcelona 5-0 W 2nd
08-Dec-10 Real Rochester 4-1 W 2nd
11-Dec-10 at Eshibobo FC 2-2 W cup match
15-Dec-10 at Sharks FC 2-3 L 2nd
18-Dec-10 Eshibobo FC 4-0 W cup match
22-Dec-10 AFC Scunthorpe 5-2 W 2nd
25-Dec-10 at NEC Nijmegen 0-3 L cup match
29-Dec-10 at Space City Rockets 4-0 W 2nd
05-Jan-11 Eshibobo FC 3-0 W 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Boyke Chan Carl D 20 11 5 16 6
Vorster de Vries MF 17 7 4 11 2
Emil Saxo F 12 9 1 10 0
Samuel Evans F 13 9 1 10 0
Jamie Alcott MF 18 3 5 8 9
Bert Schut MF 21 2 4 6 12
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 12 0 6 6 0
Bismarck Botha F 8 5 0 5 0
Pierre Schulp F 11 4 1 5 2
Dieter Nassylaan MF 10 2 3 5 0
Ivor Frederick MF 17 2 3 5 0
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 11 1 4 5 0
Marc Hesselink MF 11 0 5 5 0
Kees Waterreus F 12 4 0 4 0
Antunes Paço D 12 3 0 3 0
Robert Persijn D 14 1 2 3 1
Lucas Fik D 15 1 1 2 1
Carlton Drury D 17 1 1 2 8
Christopher Pike MF 8 0 1 1 0
Manos Torgo GK 12 0 0 0 1
Gil Sá GK 12 0 0 0 1

Vedder League - Season 11 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Kees Waterreus released on January 10, 2010; Henrique Neto signed ($176,400) as free agent on January 10, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
08-Jan-11 at Eshibobo FC 2-3 L friendly
12-Jan-11 Sharks FC 2-2 D friendly
15-Jan-11 at NEC Nijmegen 0-5 L friendly
19-Jan-11 at Eshibobo FC 4-3 W friendly
26-Jan-11 at Real Rochester 5-2 W 1st
29-Jan-11 FC Barcelona 0-1 L 3rd
02-Feb-11 at Eshibobo FC 3-0 W 3rd
05-Feb-11 AFC Scunthorpe 6-0 W 2nd
09-Feb-11 at Sharks FC 2-1 W 2nd
12-Feb-11 United 3-2 W 2nd
16-Feb-11 at Nottm Forest 1-3 L 3rd
23-Feb-11 NEC Nijmegen 3-1 W 3rd
26-Feb-11 at NEC Nijmegen 0-2 L 3rd
05-Mar-11 Nottm Forest 1-2 L 3rd
09-Mar-11 at United 4-2 W 3rd
12-Mar-11 Sharks FC 3-0 W 3rd
16-Mar-11 at AFC Scunthorpe 2-2 D 3rd
19-Mar-11 Eshibobo FC 5-0 W 3rd
23-Mar-11 at FC Barcelona 4-1 W 3rd
26-Mar-11 Real Rochester 6-0 W 3rd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Vorster de Vries MF 15 5 8 13 2
Boyke Chan Carl D 14 7 1 8 3
Jamie Alcott MF 14 2 6 8 8
Bert Schut MF 15 3 4 7 7
Pierre Schulp F 10 6 0 6 1
Bismarck Botha F 5 5 1 6 0
Carlton Drury D 13 2 4 6 7
Samuel Evans F 10 4 1 5 2
Ivor Frederick MF 13 2 3 5 0
Emil Saxo F 7 4 0 4 0
Christopher Pike MF 8 3 1 4 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 7 0 4 4 0
Iwan Bissumbhar MF 8 2 1 3 0
Robert Persijn D 10 1 2 3 0
Dieter Nassylaan MF 6 1 1 2 0
Lucas Fik D 11 0 1 1 0
Manos Torgo GK 7 0 0 0 0
Gil Sá GK 6 0 0 0 0
Antunes Paço D 6 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 4 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 12 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Iwan Bissumbhar sold ($3,000,100) on April 16, 2010; Christopher Tataw (junior prospect) signed on April 16, 2010

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
30-Mar-11 at Sharks FC 3-1 W friendly
13-Apr-11 AFC Scunthorpe 3-1 W 2nd
16-Apr-11 at FC Barcelona 1-2 L cup match
20-Apr-11 at FC Barcelona 4-2 W 2nd
23-Apr-11 FC Barcelona 0-0 D cup match
27-Apr-11 United 1-3 L 4th
04-May-11 Eshibobo FC 3-0 W 3rd
11-May-11 NEC Nijmegen 1-1 D 4th
18-May-11 at Nottm Forest 1-1 D 4th
25-May-11 at Sharks FC 4-0 W 3rd
28-May-11 NEC Nijmegen 1-3 L cup match
01-Jun-11 Sharks FC 1-0 W 3rd
04-Jun-11 at NEC Nijmegen 2-4 L cup match
08-Jun-11 Nottm Forest 5-2 W 3rd
15-Jun-11 at NEC Nijmegen 2-5 L 3rd
22-Jun-11 at Eshibobo FC 5-1 W 3rd
29-Jun-11 at United 1-1 D 3rd
06-Jul-11 FC Barcelona 6-1 W 3rd
13-Jul-11 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-1 W 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Jamie Alcott MF 16 2 9 11 7
Emil Saxo F 8 7 3 10 0
Samuel Evans F 11 7 3 10 1
Bert Schut MF 15 7 1 8 8
Pierre Schulp F 8 3 5 8 1
Ivor Frederick MF 15 4 2 6 0
Christopher Pike MF 12 2 3 5 0
Vorster de Vries MF 14 1 4 5 2
Boyke Chan Carl D 13 3 1 4 3
Dieter Nassylaan MF 13 1 3 4 0
Bismarck Botha F 7 3 0 3 0
Carlton Drury D 13 2 1 3 7
Robert Persijn D 13 2 0 2 0
Christopher Tataw F 5 1 1 2 0
Antunes Paço D 10 0 1 1 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 11 0 1 1 0
Lucas Fik D 13 0 1 1 0
Manos Torgo GK 8 0 0 0 2
Gil Sá GK 6 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 5 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 13 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Christopher Tataw sold ($404,628) on August 21, 2011; Bram Otterloo (junior prospect) signed on August 22, 2011

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
20-Jul-11 Sharks FC 2-0 W friendly
27-Jul-11 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-2 W 2nd
30-Jul-11 vs Nottm Forest 2-1 W cup match
03-Aug-11 Sharks FC 1-1 D 2nd
06-Aug-11 vs FC Barcelona 2-3 L cup match
10-Aug-11 at Nottm Forest 0-2 L 4th
17-Aug-11 FC Barcelona 2-0 W 4th
20-Aug-11 FC Barcelona 3-1 W cup match
24-Aug-11 at United 1-4 L 5th
27-Aug-11 at FC Barcelona 3-3 D cup match
31-Aug-11 at Eshibobo FC 4-0 W 3rd
03-Sep-11 at Nottm Forest 3-0 W cup match
07-Sep-11 NEC Nijmegen 4-1 W 3rd
10-Sep-11 Nottm Forest 3-1 W cup match
14-Sep-11 at NEC Nijmegen 2-0 W 2nd
17-Sep-11 at United 2-4 L cup match
21-Sep-11 Eshibobo FC 5-0 W 1st
24-Sep-11 United 1-0 W Cup match
28-Sep-11 United 2-0 W 1st
01-Oct-11 NEC Nijmegen 5-2 W cup match
05-Oct-11 at FC Barcelona 8-4 W 1st
08-Oct-11 at NEC Nijmegen 3-0 W cup match
12-Oct-11 Nottm Forest 3-2 W 1st
15-Oct-11 vs AFC Scunthorpe 3-0 W cup match
19-Oct-11 at Sharks FC 3-1 W 1st
22-Oct-11 vs United 0-2 L cup match
26-Oct-11 AFC Scunthorpe 5-1 W 1st
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Jamie Alcott MF 24 11 13 24 18
Bert Schut MF 23 9 12 21 10
Vorster de Vries MF 23 8 7 15 4
Samuel Evans F 16 10 2 12 6
Emil Saxo F 15 10 1 11 1
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 20 4 6 10 0
Pierre Schulp F 16 6 2 8 3
Boyke Chan Carl D 21 6 2 8 11
Ivor Frederick MF 23 1 6 7 1
Bismarck Botha F 10 5 1 6 2
Christopher Pike MF 11 1 4 5 0
Carlton Drury D 19 2 2 4 9
Dieter Nassylaan MF 20 0 3 3 0
Lucas Fik D 17 0 2 2 1
Antunes Paço D 9 0 1 1 0
Robert Persijn D 19 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 14 0 0 0 9
Gil Sá GK 7 0 0 0 1
Bram Otterloo D 7 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 5 0 0 0 0
Christopher Tataw F 1 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 14 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Robert Persijn released on December 24, 2011; Jean Il Ewane (junior prospect) signed on December 24, 2011

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
29-Oct-11 Sharks FC 3-3 D friendly
05-Nov-11 vs NEC Nijmegen 2-3 L cup match
09-Nov-11 AFC Scunthorpe 5-2 W 3rd
16-Nov-11 Eshibobo FC 5-0 W 2nd
23-Nov-11 at FC Barcelona 5-0 W 2nd
26-Nov-11 at Nottm Forest 2-2 D cup match
30-Nov-11 Sharks FC 3-0 W 1st
03-Dec-11 Nottm Forest 2-0 W cup match
07-Dec-11 at Nottm Forest 2-2 D 1st
10-Dec-11 NEC Nijmegen 1-1 D cup match
14-Dec-11 United 1-4 L 3rd
17-Dec-11 at NEC Nijmegen 1-7 L cup match
21-Dec-11 at NEC Nijmegen 1-6 L 4th
28-Dec-11 NEC Nijmegen 1-2 L 4th
04-Jan-12 at United 1-4 L 5th
07-Jan-11 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-2 W cup match
11-Jan-12 Nottm Forest 1-1 D 5th
14-Jan-11 AFC Scunthorpe 7-0 W cup match
18-Jan-12 at Sharks FC 2-2 D 5th
21-Jan-12 United 4-4 D cup match
25-Jan-12 FC Barcelona 5-1 W 5th
28-Jan-12 at United 0-0 D cup match
01-Feb-12 at Eshibobo FC 7-0 W 4th
08-Feb-12 at AFC Scunthorpe 7-0 W 4th
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Emil Saxo F 12 15 0 15 0
Bert Schut MF 19 8 7 15 10
Dieter Nassylaan MF 17 2 13 15 0
Christopher Pike MF 11 5 5 10 0
Samuel Evans F 20 7 2 9 1
Vorster de Vries MF 17 3 5 8 2
Ivor Frederick MF 21 3 5 8 0
Carlton Drury D 13 5 2 7 2
Pierre Schulp F 11 3 4 7 1
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 19 3 4 7 0
Jamie Alcott MF 21 4 2 6 7
Bismarck Botha F 12 3 3 6 0
Lucas Fik D 13 1 3 4 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 17 3 0 3 4
Bram Otterloo D 8 0 1 1 0
Antunes Paço D 12 1 0 1 0
Manos Torgo GK 12 0 0 0 6
Robert Persijn D 8 0 0 0 0
Gil Sá GK 7 0 0 0 0
Jean Il Ewane D 7 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 5 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 15 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Lucas Fik released on February 29, 2012; Rusty Roswell signed ($1,038,100) as free agent on March 1, 2012

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
15-Feb-12 at NEC Nijmegen 4-1 W friendly
22-Feb-12 at Nottm Forest 1-3 L 4th
29-Feb-12 at United 0-3 L 5th
03-Mar-12 vs NEC Nijmegen 0-3 L cup match
07-Mar-12 NEC Nijmegen 0-0 D 5th
14-Mar-12 Sharks FC 2-2 D 5th
17-Mar-12 NEC Nijmegen 0-1 L cup match
21-Mar-12 AFC Scunthorpe 6-0 W 4th
24-Mar-12 at NEC Nijmegen 4-5 L cup match
28-Mar-12 at AFC Scunthorpe 4-1 W 3rd
04-Apr-12 at Sharks FC 1-2 L 4th
11-Apr-12 at NEC Nijmegen 1-6 L 5th
18-Apr-12 United 4-0 W 3rd
25-Apr-12 Nottm Forest 3-2 W 3rd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Boyke Chan Carl D 10 5 3 8 2
Jamie Alcott MF 10 5 3 8 5
Pierre Schulp F 9 5 1 6 0
Bert Schut MF 12 2 3 5 7
Samuel Evans F 8 3 1 4 1
Ivor Frederick MF 9 2 2 4 0
Dieter Nassylaan MF 6 1 2 3 0
Vorster de Vries MF 12 0 3 3 0
Emil Saxo F 7 2 0 2 0
Bismarck Botha F 6 1 0 1 1
Rusty Roswell MF 7 1 0 1 0
Christopher Pike MF 7 0 1 1 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 11 0 1 1 0
Carlton Drury D 13 0 1 1 4
Antunes Paço D 8 0 0 0 0
Bram Otterloo D 8 0 0 0 0
Jean Il Ewane D 6 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 5 0 0 0 4
Gil Sá GK 5 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 3 0 0 0 0
Lucas Fik D 1 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 16 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Pierre Schulp retired at the conclusion of the season on June 18, 2012.

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
09-May-12 at NEC Nijmegen 4-6 L friendly
16-May-12 Rosmarley United 3-0 W 2nd
19-May-12 at AFC Scunthorpe 3-4 L 3rd
23-May-12 Nottm Forest 3-1 W 2nd
26-May-12 at NEC Nijmegen 4-2 W 1st
30-May-12 at Sharks FC 1-1 D 1st
02-Jun-12 Sharks FC 5-1 W 1st
06-Jun-12 NEC Nijmegen 2-0 W 1st
09-Jun-12 at Nottm Forest 2-3 L 2nd
13-Jun-12 AFC Scunthorpe 6-0 W 1st
16-Jun-12 at Rosmarley United 3-0 W 1st
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Samuel Evans F 9 11 1 12 3
Jamie Alcott MF 10 2 6 8 8
Vorster de Vries MF 10 2 6 8 3
Ivor Frederick MF 7 4 3 7 0
Emil Saxo F 8 4 1 5 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 9 3 1 4 0
Boyke Chan Carl D 10 3 1 4 2
Christopher Pike MF 6 1 2 3 1
Antunes Paço D 9 0 3 3 0
Bert Schut MF 5 0 2 2 3
Bismarck Botha F 7 0 2 2 0
Bram Otterloo D 6 1 0 1 0
Carlton Drury D 8 1 0 1 6
Dieter Nassylaan MF 9 0 0 0 1
Jean Il Ewane D 6 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 5 0 0 0 3
Gil Sá GK 3 0 0 0 1
Rusty Roswell MF 3 0 0 0 0
Pierre Schulp F 3 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 2 0 0 0 0

Vedder League - Season 17 (Ligue 1)[]

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Siddharth Bahuguna signed ($47,700) as free agent on June 23, 2012; Carlton Drury retired at the conclusion of the season on July 24, 2012; Club withdrew and ceased operations in Vedder League on July 25, 2012 and all active players retired.

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
20-Jun-12 at AFC Scunthorpe 6-2 W 1st
23-Jun-12 Sharks FC 4-1 W 1st
27-Jun-12 at NEC Nijmegen 6-1 W 1st
30-Jun-12 Rosmarley United 2-0 W 1st
04-Jul-12 at Nottm Forest 1-3 L 2nd
07-Jul-12 Nottm Forest 1-2 L 2nd
11-Jul-12 at Rosmarley United 2-0 W 2nd
14-Jul-12 NEC Nijmegen 3-2 W 2nd
18-Jul-12 at Sharks FC 3-0 W 2nd
21-Jul-12 AFC Scunthorpe 6-1 W 2nd
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Jamie Alcott MF 10 8 6 14 8
Emil Saxo F 9 9 2 11 1
Bert Schut MF 8 1 7 8 3
Samuel Evans F 9 4 3 7 2
Bismarck Botha F 5 3 1 4 0
Vorster de Vries MF 8 2 2 4 2
Boyke Chan Carl D 9 2 1 3 2
Ivor Frederick MF 6 2 0 2 0
Mohamadou Njitap Fotso MF 8 1 1 2 0
Christopher Pike MF 8 1 1 2 0
Rusty Roswell MF 3 0 2 2 0
Antunes Paço D 10 0 2 2 0
Bram Otterloo D 5 1 0 1 0
Carlton Drury D 6 0 1 1 2
Dieter Nassylaan MF 6 0 1 1 3
Jean Il Ewane D 8 0 0 0 0
Manos Torgo GK 4 0 0 0 1
Gil Sá GK 4 0 0 0 0
Siddharth Bahuguna F 3 0 0 0 0
Henrique Neto GK 2 0 0 0 0

Xpert Zone League - Season 21 (Beginner Zone B)[]

EXPANSION ROSTER (July 26, 2012): Alves Capessa, Paulo de Graca, Osório de Sousa, Nvunda Diakimuezo, Wilson Epalanga, Mamona Ganda, Ibraim Job, Mateus Kangandjo, Edgar Kiteculo, Divua Lohoca, Manolo Mavinga, Felisberto Mukissa, Antonio Nambundi, Valentim Panzo, Braume Sekulu, Febrice Semba, Djalma Tchilepue, and Rodrigues Tchipilika

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Hamidou Tchankounang signed ($64,000) as free agent on July 28, 2012; Zika Matanovic acquired from Romania All Stars CF for $400,000 on July 28, 2010; Dickson Etuhu (junior prospect) signed on July 28, 2012; Djalma Tchilepue and Osório de Sousa released on July 28, 2012; Edgar Kiteculo released on July 29, 2012; Waldemar da Costa signed ($949,500) as free agent on July 29, 2012; Braume Sekulu sold ($346,164) on July 31, 2012; Hermann Kralle signed ($104,400) as free agent on August 1, 2012; Eduardo Corvo signed ($47,800) as free agent on August 2, 2012; Dickson Etuhu and Mamona Ganda released on August 9, 2012; Ferdinand Mohamadou (junior prospect) signed on August 9, 2012; Ojo Kwame signed ($817,600) as free agent on August 10, 2012; Divua Lohoca released on August 20, 2012; Teófilo Reguila signed ($178,600) as free agent on August 23, 2012; Zika Matanovic released on August 26, 2012; Bryan Muhlack (junior prospect) signed on August 26, 2012; Ferdinand Mohamadou released on September 4, 2012; Hans Schultz signed ($247,700) as free agent on September 7, 2012; Paulo de Graca released on September 23, 2012; Eliseo Felix signed ($407,200) as free agent on September 24, 2012

SEASON RESULTS
DATE OPPONENT RESULT PLACE
31-Jul-12 Brøndby IF 4-1 W friendly
04-Aug-12 Djurgårdens IF 3-0 W friendly
07-Aug-12 Manchester City 5-0 W friendly
14-Aug-12 FC Traxtor 3-2 W 3rd
18-Aug-12 Real Gamesys 4-4 D 4th
21-Aug-12 Manchester City 4-0 W 1st
25-Aug-12 at Akrotiri Supers 2-3 L 2nd
28-Aug-12 at Soulfly 3-0 W 2nd
01-Sep-12 Poli Iasi 6-0 W 1st
04-Sep-12 FC Zulu 3-0 W 1st
08-Sep-12 at Codinhafamilia FC 2-3 L 3rd
11-Sep-12 at Ai lui Armaggedon 0-4 L 5th
15-Sep-12 Ai lui Armaggedon 0-0 D 5th
18-Sep-12 Codinhafamilia FC 0-2 L 5th
22-Sep-12 at FC Zulu 1-3 L 5th
25-Sep-12 at Poli Iasi 6-0 W 5th
29-Sep-12 Soulfly 3-1 W 5th
02-Oct-12 Akrotiri Supers 2-2 D 5th
06-Oct-12 at Manchester City 4-0 W 5th
09-Oct-12 at Real Gamesys 1-3 L 5th
13-Oct-12 at FC Traxtor 0-2 L 5th
TEAM SCORING
PLAYER POS GP G A PTS X11
Febrice Semba MF 16 5 6 11 2
Ojo Kwame MF 18 4 7 11 1
Antonio Nambundi MF 14 5 3 8 0
Hamidou Tchankounang F 15 5 2 7 0
Wilson Epalanga MF 14 4 3 7 1
Mateus Kangandjo MF 16 3 4 7 0
Ibraim Job F 13 5 1 6 2
Eduardo Corvo F 8 2 1 3 0
Teófilo Reguila MF 8 0 3 3 0
Valentim Panzo D 11 0 3 3 0
Alves Capessa GK 7 2 0 2 0
Felisberto Mukissa GK 10 2 0 2 1
Waldemar da Costa F 10 2 0 2 0
Manolo Mavinga D 18 2 0 2 0
Bryan Muhlack MF 10 1 1 2 0
Rodrigues Tchipilika D 16 1 1 2 1
Ferdinand Mohamadou MF 2 0 1 1 0
Paulo de Graca D 9 0 0 0 0
Nvunda Diakimuezo D 8 0 0 0 0
Hans Schultz MF 8 0 0 0 0
Eliseo Felix D 6 0 0 0 0
Hermann Kralle GK 4 0 0 0 0
Zika Matanovic MF 2 0 0 0 0
Divua Lohoca MF 1 0 0 0 0

Press Releases[]

Season 3 (Division 4)[]

JANUARY 6, 2009 - Windhoek gets new team in Vedder League

Windhoek Welwitschia Association Football Club is pleased to announce the approval of its expansion team in the Vedder League. Coached by Reginald “Reggie” Rossiter, the Welwitschias are looking forward to making a successful run during their inaugural campaign.

The new club calls Khomasdal Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia its home and is managed by Bartnel Botha, who is also the manager for the Transvaal Springboks who play in the Primera Division of Liga Mundo.

Anticipation amongst local footballing fans, nicknamed the Biltongboere, is building as the new squad will take to the field next Tuesday, January 13 in their first ever match, a friendly hosted by Olympique Clarice.

JANUARY 6, 2009 - Expansion Squads debut Saturday

The Vedder League will get its first look at the two newest members when Windhoek Welwitschia face-off versus expansion brothers IGFC this Saturday in a friendly match hosted at Khomasdal Stadium.

The Welwitschias were originally making their debut in a friendly at Olympique Clarice next week but the opportunity came up to fly IGFC into Windhoek for a pre-season friendly.

“Our club is really pleased with the arrangement of this match-up, as it will give everyone a realistic look at the two brand-new teams as I believe both teams will take the game seriously to start off on a positive note. So it should be a close match and a good display what both sides can do and also where they will need to work on” commented Manager Bartnel Botha whilst on the sidelines of Khomasdal during the squad’s first practice.

“Having been through this same expansion process with another team in another league, I’m really not expecting major strides at this early point. Our plan is to build and play patiently, looking more towards the future instead of short-term gain. We may dip into the transfer market but chances are I’ll work with what we got right now and see who attracts attention, who sticks, and who doesn’t”

Manager Botha also told the press that he expected that a number of league officials may be at the game to look in on the progress of the two squads: “Expansion always brings some apprehension to league officials, as they never know if the league has acquired a healthy addition to the family or a stillborn organization.”

JANUARY 10, 2009 - IGFC 5, Windhoek 3

Windhoek Welwitschias lost this evening 5-3 to fellow expansion club IGFC. The Welwitschias were trailing 2-0 twenty minutes into the match but goals by forward Kees Waterreus and midfielder Marc Hesselink made it a 2-2 draw just before the whistle blew at the end of the first-half.

During the second half, the Welwitschias fell behind again by two goals in the course of nines minute before midfielder Gerald Noorlander put the ball past IGFC keeper Leigh on a breakaway to pull the score back by one. Unfortunately in the dying couple of minutes IGFC scored their fifth goal to seal the final scoreline at 5-3 for the visitors.

After the match, Manager Bartnel Botha said that “...while a win would have been nice, I’ll take solace in that we were able to come back during the first half by being down by two. I like the looks of some of our midfielders but as a team we backed off a lot in our play when we did not have the ball - that will need to change.”

JANUARY 13, 2009 - Windhoek 0, Olympique Clarice 0

Windhoek Welwitschias drew nil-nil at the Stone Bass today in a friendly versus Olympique Clarice.

“I’m quite impressed by the result in light of our previous loss a few days ago. For us to draw against an established club like Olympique Clarice is a great step forward” said a happy Manager Botha in the post-game interview. “We surprisingly dominated in possession (58%), shots on goal (6 to 3) and with our midfield and offensive play – that was probably more surprising than the scoreline result.”

The Welwitschias next friendly is at home versus expansion AFC Scunthorpe this Saturday evening.

JANUARY 17, 2009 - Windhoek 6, AFC Scunthorpe 1

In today’s friendly played at Khomasdal Stadium, Windhoek Welwitschias dominated the field against AFC Scunthorpe for a convincing 6-1 victory. Forward Kees Waterreus scored 4 goals and Gerald Noorlander collected 3 assists.

The match was scoreless for half an hour until AFC Scunthorpe opened the scoring when Harold Dibbler potted the ball past Windhoek keeper H-J Koopman in the penalty area. However the Welwitschias soon took the lead when they scored two quick goals in the next couple of minutes.

The second half started with the scoreline 2-1 for Windhoek but the home team soon ran away with the ball as they put the ball past AFC Scunthorpe keeper Alfie Alcott four times in the course of half an hour.

JANUARY 21, 2009 - Dakarai Baako, resumes his soccer career

Dakarai Baako, the former member of the UCFA Springboks and former paramount chief, was signed to a contact this evening by the expansion Windhoek Welwitschias of the Vedder League.

“My political career obviously affected my playing ability and when I approached the Transvaal Springboks about signing a contract, there really wasn’t a place for me. The manager, Bartnel Botha had a frank discussion with me about my desire to resume my playing career and he suggested that I approach the new Windhoek X11 team. Once the league’s transfer window re-opened, I was offered a try-out for their midfield and subsequently signed.”

“I’m looking forward to putting all the crazy political BS that is Transvaal and my previous personal problems behind me - and just focusing myself on playing some good football in X11.”

JANUARY 24, 2009 - Wels drop rematch against IGFC

Windhoek Welwitschia lost 2-1 in their re-match this evening versus IGFC at The Theartre of Wet Dreams.

The Wels have dropped two games against IGFC, in their previous meeting on the wrong side of a 5-3 loss.

“IGFC is a team we have not been able to crack in the friendlies, it’ll be interesting to see how our meetings are during the regular season when our boys bring their tougher game” commented manager Bartnel Botha to reporters in the dressing room. Forward Pierre Schulp had the lone tally for Windhoek.

Windhoek’s next friendly is at home when the Vedder League champions All Star Bassist F.C make a visit to Khomasdal Stadium.

“We have no illusions how this match will turn out – this game is strictly for our fans. To show them our appreciation of their strong support to help get this club off the ground, we felt that we owed it to them to bring in the very best side.”

Tickets for the All Star Bassist match have already sold out and drawn fans from all over Namibia. The club reports that season tickets are still available but are expected to go fast once the regular season gets under way.

JANUARY 27, 2009 - Windhoek upsets Bassists 3-2

In a friendly hosted yesterday at Khomasdal Stadium, the visiting All Star Bassists FC were expected to make short work out of Windhoek Welwitschia. However the new lads on the block took it to the Vedder League Champions and eked out a 3-2 victory.

Domenica Lee opened the scoring for the Bassists with a long-range powerful shot which sailed past a stunned HJ Koopman at the 21st minute. Undaunted the Wels dug in hard and began to make BB King work as three shots were fired against the visiting goal in a ten minutes span. Pierre Schulp was then able to get the ball past BB King on Windhoek’s fourth try to even the scoreboard at one goal apiece at the 35th minute.

Schulp had two more tries against King and then bagged Windhoek it’s second goal to take the lead six minutes later. Four minutes later, midfielder Jamie Alcott then chipped in a header past BB King to give the home side a 2-goal lead.

Jaco Pastorius then clawed one back for the All Star Bassists just seconds before the half-time whistle to make the score 3-2.

While the Welwitschias dominated with strong ball possession, All Star Bassists showed their true championship form by making the most of their chances as Wels keeper Koopman let in both shots he faced.

Compared to the excitement of the first half, the second half was more subdued.

Disaster struck both teams at the 50th minutes when midfielder misdirected a clearing kick back to HJ Koopman and accidentally put the ball in for an own-goal, evening the score line at 3-3. However another reversal struck, this time for the Bassists, when referee Frank Redkard disallow it due to an apparent foul on the play by the champions. Windhoek would get one more attempt on net twenty minutes later but otherwise the rest of the half was rather dull for the fans to watch.

“This win was pretty sweet; quite a shocker really” commented Manager Botha afterwards, “although I found our goaltending was somewhat abysmal. Our keeper was able to only stop one of three shots, while All Star Bassists’ keeper King played admirable under the pressure and was able to make half his saves.”

“I’ve been happy with our results during the pre-season – although we have had noticeable trouble against the English side IGFC. Not sure why, they seem to have had our number in our two meetings so far.”

FEBRUARY 1, 2009 - Windhoek 3, FC Sankt Pauli 2

Windhoek Welwitschia chalked up another friendly victory against FC Sankt Pauli on Saturday. The visiting Namibian side held a two goal lead for most of the match but the final score was 3-2.

“St. Pauli played a lot better this game than in our previous meeting” complimented Manager Botha after the match ended. “It’s obvious they’ve been practicing hard since our last match-up, the possession time and opportunities during the first half were fairly close. At the end of the day, I believe we were able to make better use of possession”

The Welwitschias next two friendlies are against visiting Ligue 1 teams Subliminal Rovers and H Block Harriers. “Our club believes that not only should we play friendlies to prepare us against our likely opposition in Ligue 3 this coming season, but by playing against the very best sides we also gain valuable knowledge as to the long-term fortunes of this squad on the field” said coach Reggie Rossiter. “It is our goal to challenge every Ligue 1 team for friendlies”.

The match at Warsteiner Arena was also the debut of the new Welwitschia kit featuring the Namibian flag as its main design.

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 - Windhoek goes 2-2 in league debut

A late red card for Windhoek Welwistchia bungled a two-goal lead against Blonde Moments as the home side struck back for two goals to even out the final result 2-all.

The Welwitschias got on the scoreboard when Alexander Wiggers scored on a penalty kick conceded just seconds before the referee blew the whistle to score Windhoek’s first official goal in competitive play and close out an otherwise dull first half.

Eight minutes into the second half, Ivor Frederick set up Pierre Schulp for a long range shot to give the Windhoek a strong two-goal lead.

However defender Robert Persijn was booked twice within ten minutes and sent off for an early shower which left Windhoek down a man with eleven minutes left to play. That was enough time for Blonde Moments to get back into the game and bang two quick goals past a stunned Charlie Watkins.

Commented Manager Botha afterwards: “After playing such a long pre-season tour, I think the boys were nervous going to our first competitive match. Unfortunately we found a way to steal defeat from the jaws of victory today.”

Next up on the schedule is the club’s home debut at Khomasdal Stadium when F.C. This is Malfoy make the trip to Namibia.

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 - Windhoek wins home opener

Vedder League football made its debut in Namibia today when Khomasdal Stadium hosted FC This Is Malfoy. The home fans didn’t go home disappointed as Windhoek Welwitschia walked away with a 2-0 win against their visitors from Spain.

Midfielder Ivor Frederick got the Wels on the scoreboard when Marc Hesselink set him up for a long range shot at the 20th minute. Then with five minutes remaining, Malfoy midfielder Mateo Aizkorreta accidentally deflected the ball into his own net to allow Windhoek to take a 2-0 lead.

While both teams matched up well on defense, the Welwitschias held a noticeable advantage on their offense.

“We were apprehensive going into today’s match as last week our opponent was coming off a win against IGFC – a team we really struggled against in two friendly meetings during the pre-season.”

Today’s win also saw three Windhoek players – Alexander Wiggers, Marc Hesselink, and Cees de Jong – make the X11 team for Week 2 and Manager Bartnel Botha named the X11 manager.

Windhoek Welwitschia now goes on the road as they travel to Utah for next week’s match against Runnin Utes.

FEBRUARY 28, 2009 - Windhoek loses 4-2 in gong show effort

A disorganized mess on defense today caused major setbacks for Windhoek Welwitschia as they coughed up a 4-2 loss versus Runnin Utes.

“Our play in our own end was atrocious!” exclaimed Manager Botha has he berated his players after the match in the dressing room.

Problems started early when back-up Gil Sá was given the nod for the start - but then forced to leave the game early from injury. A cold Charlie Watkins then went in but was completely ineffective against his opposition, allowing in all four shots against him.

Defender Cees de Jong then blundered a clearing pass when he forgot which way he was facing and booted the ball into his own net.

The visitors now clearly frustrated being down 4-0, the match then deteriorated into war zone in the second half as the Welwitschias began to cheapshot and trip up the Runnin Ute players whenever Referee Sten Koll wasn’t looking. The dirty goon play seemed to pay off somewhat as the homeside lost three players to injury and Windhoek was able crash their way to the net twice to narrow the score down to 4-2.

“It’s a frickin’ gong show out there” said Damien Reese of the Runnin Utes from the sidelines after he was carried off. “You’d think these guys showed up to play rugby and not football.” The Wels saw a total of five bookings during the match, four yellows and one red card right at the final whistle when Roger Deemer showed his frustration with the loss by flipping the bird at the Ute fans.

“That was a disgusting display by the visitors, their manager needs to restrain his players better” commented one fan as he was heading towards the exits.

MARCH 4, 2009 - Wels add junior star to starting line-up

Boyke chan carl

Boyke Chan Carl

It’s rare when a junior prospect joins a team and has an immediate impact – however just that happened today when Windhoek Welwitschia promoted fullback Boyke Chan Carl from their junior team.

Manager Bartnel Botha signed the 20-year Surinamese player this morning and he has already been given a starting position on the Wels’ defensive line.

“Boyke is the most talented signing our club has made so far – he’s that good enough as a prospect that he walked on and automatically secured one of the starting eleven. He’s also adept at taking freekicks, which is something I always like in a defender as it then opens up all the midfielders and forwards for setting up an attacking run.”

“I wasn’t really planning on making any further additions to our defensive line, but Boyke caught our scouts' eyes during recent junior squad matches and it was obvious that he should really be playing up in senior football. To see a young talent of his calibre able to join our squad... well, I was simply overjoyed” said Botha.

Boyke’s debut will be this Saturday in front of his home fans against league-leading Nottm Forest - where he is expected to make an impact in shutting down the potent Forest offense.

MARCH 15, 2009 - Manager relieved as Wels clobber IGFC

Going into yesterday’s match at IGFC, Manager Bartnel Botha admitted he was somewhat nervous as to how his squad would perform.

“We played IGFC twice during our lengthy pre-season and we lost to them both times. Even though they were sitting in last place, I still had concerns - as some teams just have your number no matter how good or bad the talent difference is between the teams.”

Therefore the cautious Botha was pleasantly surprised when Windhoek Welwitschia bagged a goal in the first minute of the match and then launched on a scoring tear during the rest of the first half to take a dominating 5-0 lead. Rudy van Bronckhorst, Pierre Schulp, Bert Schut, and Kees Waterreus were the goal scorers along with an own-goal courtesy of Greg Deary on IGFC.

The second half was scoreless but both teams continued to play hard as IGFC had three bookings and two Windhoek players left early due to injuries sustained.

The victory put Windhoek Welwitschia back in second place after dropping down to fourth place last week from going winless in the previous two games – although one of those games was a nil-all draw against Fourth Division high-flyers Nottm Forest.

“Nottm Forest are definitely the class of the division right now and when we re-match in a couple of weeks it should be the best clash of the second half of the season. It appears that the rest of the teams have fallen on difficult times or lost their managers, so I think it is safe to say that us and Nottm Forest will be promoted at the end of the season.”

APRIL 12, 2009 - Promotion on the line next week

Windhoek Welwitschia faces Blonde Moments next week in a match which will determine second place and promotion to Division 3; a win or a draw will guarantee promotion for the Wels. Sharks FC in third place still maintain a mathematical chance but face division-dominant Nottm Forest and would require an impossible 11-goal margin of victory – so the battle for second boils down between Blonde Moments and Windhoek.

Last Saturday, the Welwitschias defeated FC This Is Malfoy by the score of 3-0. Reserve forward Emil Saxo scored twice while midfielder Ivor Frederick picked up the other goal.

APRIL 18, 2009 - Wels demolish Blonde Moments

In the final match of the Vedder League season, Windhoek Welwitschia required a win or a draw to secure second place and promotion to the third division. This afternoon they did just that as Rudy van Bronckhorst – player who was slated to be placed on the transfer line – got a rare start and the unexpectedly bagged four goals for the Wels’ in their 6-0 romp over Blonde Moments. Roger Deemer, another forward whose job was also seen to be on the line, scored one goal while midfielder Bert Schut collected the other. Fringe midfielder Jamie Alcott had a career game as he set up and assisted on 5 of Windhoek’s goals.

“It was a case of all our second-line and fringe players giving that extra effort today to impress management for the following season” said Manager Bartnel Botha. “Deemer and Van Bronckhorst we tried to move during the season as they weren’t really getting much playing time - but there were no takers. It’s quite possible after today’s strong showing that these two will gain a reprieve and we’ll keep them around for another season.”

“Alcott was another player who panned out somewhat and didn’t quite perform as well as expected during the course of the season, although today he had a great match and got X11 honours for the first time. He’s still young so he’s got plenty of time to improve and we picked him up for a steal, at one-tenth what he is worth now, so definitely one I will keep around.”

Back-up goalkeeper Gil Sá – who oddly enough played in more matches than starter Charlie Watkins – had an easy time as the Welwitschias outshot Blonde Moments 14 to 2.

APRIL 22, 2009 - Welwitschia Season in Review

Windhoek Welwitschia midfielder Marc Hesselink took home the MVP award for Division 4 (7 Xpert Elevens) while four other players collected merits from the season: Jamie Alcott had second-most assists (5 assists), Roger Deemer second-most sending offs (1 red card); Robert Persijn had third-most sending offs (1 red card) and Bert Schut had the third-most points (6 Points) in Season 3 (Div.4).

The club held its inaugural post-season awards ceremony and dinner last night and the following awards were handed out by the club management: Player of the season: Marc Hesselink; Fullback of the season: Lucas Fik; Midfielder of the season: Marc Hesselink; Foward of the season: Rudy van Bronckhorst; Most Improved Player: back-up goalkeeper Gil Sá; and, Prospect of the season: fullback Boyke Chan Carl.

Manager Bartnel Botha met with the local sports media this morning and mentioned that according to the club's progress change report, player skills increased by 12 and deducted by 1 for an overall increase of 11. Nine players saw their skill increase by a full point.

"The management is quite happy with the results from this season. We aimed for a promotion position and we ended up in second behind a very very tough-to-beat Nottm Forest side who by their performance more than deserved to win the division. At present I do not anticipate any roster changes as all those players we had been considering moving, they have all improved enough to warrant us keeping them at least until the next season is well underway."

Yesterday the Wels defeated FC Sankt Pauli 4-1 in their first friendly of the post-season. During the off-season, as part of its training tour Windhoek Welwitschia will accept friendlies from teams in the top two divisions. "It is our policy to challenge ourselves with strong opposition in the off-season to prepare us for our own division. We like to gauge ourselves against the very best the Vedder League has to offer" said Manager Botha.

Season 4 (Division 3)[]

MAY 2, 2009 - Windhoek wins season opener at home

Windhoek Welwitschia opened their second Vedder League campaign at home today when they demolished The Young Dribblers 5-0 at Khomasdal Stadium.

Back-up goalkeeper Gil Sá got his second start of the season and faced just one shot while the Welwitschias bombarded Elliot Wolfe for 10 shots. Kees Waterreus bagged a hat-trick with fellow forward Pierre Schulp scoring the other two goals.

Next game for the Namibian side is the second leg of their cup tie with SAFA Sporting Club of Lebanon. The Wels hold a 4-goal advantage going into Tuesday’s match at Watta Msaytbe Arena.

MAY 17, 2009 - Welwitschias win sixth in a row

Windhoek Welwitschia defeated the old Division 4 champions Nottm Forest by the score of 6-2 yesterday at the Khomasdal.

“Nottm Forest was a strong team that really flustered us last season, so I am definitely pleased to see such a decisive result against them” commented Manager Bartnel Botha during the post-match press conference. The win is Windhoek’s sixth competitive victory in a row – their seventh if the pre-season friendly versus FC St. Pauli is counted.

In other news, Windhoek released 34-year-old fullback Chris Roest on Wednesday and signed goalkeeper Manos Torgo to act as a third reserve keeper for both Charlie Watkins and Gil Sá who have been working as a tandem with the netminding duties.

“Watkins is 34 now and will be nearing retirement soon, therefore we wanted to get a third keeper on the roster so we could develop him along with Gil Sá to continue a working goalkeeper tandem for the future. Most teams just go with one goaltender which they ride through thick or thin – but we have been using a tandem that splits the duties between them and this seems to have brought us good results” said the manager. “It keeps both keepers on their toes and always prepared to play at a moment’s notice.”

MAY 19, 2009 - Welwitschias advance to Quarterfinals

Despite a 2-1 loss this evening at Atyeo Arena, Windhoek Welwistchia won their cup draw versus H Block Harriers 7-5 on aggregate to advance to the Vedder League Cup quarterfinals.

“After our decisive 6-2 win at home last week, I was fully expecting a tough return match at their home” said Manager Bartnel Botha. “The Harriers are currently the top team in the Vedder League and have constantly been one of the strongest sides, so we certainly knew it would not be an easy time when we invaded their grounds.”

Rudt van Bronckhorst scored Windhoek’s lone goal during the second half to equalize but H Block Harriers held the lead for most of the match. Parker Mills and Ken Stuart scored to lead the home side to victory in the second match of the Final-16 round – although not enough to prevent the Division 3 leaders from advancing onwards.

JUNE 13, 2009 - Windhoek downs Highway FC 4-1

Windhoek Welwitschias maintained their grip on second place in Division III with a 4-1 home victory at the Khomasdal this afternoon. The Biltongboere out-shot the visitors 9-3 as forward Rudy van Bronckhorst, midfielders Marc Hesselink and Vorster de Vries, and fullback Robert Persijn bagged goals in the win; substitute Frazer Hibbert scored the lone tally for Highway FC.

Next up for the Welwitschias is a road match at City Grounds versus rivals Nottm Forest in a must win for both clubs in their push for promotion. Windhoek won their earlier meeting this season at the Khomasdal, but Nottm Forest has proven to be a headache for the Wels in many previous meetings. Arguably the pressure is more on Nottm Forest as they have the more difficult schedule remaining with a draw versus the dominant, divisional leaders Sharks FC still to come. After playing Nottm Forest next Saturday, Windhoek then faces two managerless squads in what should prove to be goal-scoring field days for the Namibians.

JUNE 16, 2009 - Windhoek over FC Sankt Pauli in friendly

Windhoek Welwitschias walked away with a 3-2 victory over Dutch side FC Sankt Pauli in a friendly played this afternoon at the Warsteiner Arena. In four friendly meetings between the two clubs, the Welwitschias have dominated with 4 wins and a goal marigin of 13-5.

“Since we both joined the Vedder League, our two clubs have made it a habit to play friendly matches on a regular basis. I really look forward to the day when we actually play in the same division, as we will then have an instant rivalry to exploit and focus ourselves on - as well as having points on the line to make it more interesting” commented Manager Botha.

Windhoek face another rival this Saturday in a critical match-up with Nottm Forest – which will likely end up having promotion ramifications for both sides.

“Both teams need to gain the three points from the match although for different reasons”.

JUNE 27, 2009 - Wels stumped by revitalised Chizz Boy

Windhoek Welwitschia’s easy cruise to second place in Division 3 crashed into some abrupt rocks this evening when they drew 1-1 to newly-renamed Chizz Boy FC – the club formerly known until two days ago as IGFC.

Kees Waterreus scored the Wels’ only goal of the match which also saw the loss of leading scorer Gerald Noorlander to injury and fullback Boyke Chan Carl to suspension.

The single point for Windhoek paired with Nottm Forest’s 6-0 thumping of last-place Young Dribblers meant that the Namibian side slipped into third place in the standings and outside the promotion zone for the first time this season.

“Thankfully we face the dismal Young Dribblers next week while Nottm Forest are up against powerhouse Sharks FC, so if all goes well we should squeak back into second place – baring any upsets” said Manager Bartnel Botha after today’s match.

Windhoek Welwitschia has struggled for victorious results as of late. After starting the season with a domineering six-win run, the Wels then hit the skids and have only managed one win and four draws in their last nine competitive matches.

JULY 5, 2009 - Welwitschias slip into third

A decisive 5-1 victory over last-place Young Dribblers yesterday was not enough to gain a lock on promotion after Nottm Forest pulled off a 3-2 upset against divisional powerhouse Sharks FC. Despite a stronger record than last season, Windhoek Welwitschia finished out the season one place lower in the standings and oustide the promotion zone.

Windhoek got on the scoreboard in the opening minute when Ivor Frederick scored on a long range shot and the floodgates opened from that point on as the Wels outshot the Young Dribblers 11 to 4. Eight players were involved in Windhoek’s five goals as all forwards and midfielders picked up points during the match. Third-string goalkeeper Manos Torgo got his second start of the season and his first senior victory although he let in what was only the Dribblers’ second goal of the entire season when Gabe Holden scored against him on a direct freekick.

Looking back at the season, Manager Bartnel Botha lamented that “…it all boiled down to too many draws for us. We started the season on a six-win tear where every game saw at least five goals – but then we went on the skids in mid-May when we faced some tough opposition from the Sharks and Sumney FC. We never seemed to re-gain our stride after that point.”

On the plus side, the Welwitschias’ offensive output increased during the season by 5 goals and 14 players saw their points production increase.

“I’m really looking forward to see our progress report. Despite our finish in the standings, we’re one of the strongest Division III sides and with the improvement I am expecting, next season should prove to be our best yet.”

JULY 8, 2009 - Tickets now on sale for FC Sankt Pauli

Tickets went on sale this morning at the Khomasdal for Saturday’s friendly versus FC Sankt Pauli. While the two clubs have yet to play a competitive match against each other, the Welwitschias and FC Sankt Pauli have met four times in friendlies – twice at Warsteiner Arena and twice at the Khomasdal – with the Namibian side victorious in all four matches by an aggregate of 13 goals to 5.

“We both joined the Vedder League at the same time however they commenced play in Division 2 while we started out in Division 4. We have always looked forward to our meetings with FC Sankt Pauli as a means to gauge our on-going progress against a team which started the same time as us but play in a higher calibre division” said Manager Bartnel Botha.

“While we have built up good on-field rivalries the past two seasons against the likes of Notth Forest and Sharks FC, our fans still look forward to the day when Windhoek and FC Sankt Pauli are in the same division and the rivalry between us can be taken to a whole new level.”

Continuing the club's policy to play friendlies only against the highest calibre teams, Manager Botha said that Windhoek Welwitschia would accept any friendlly match challenges from Ligue 1 teams.

JULY 8, 2009 - Van Bronckhorst on the transfer wire

Manager Bartnel Botha has placed 28-year-old forward Rudy van Bronckhorst on the transfer wire. Worth $1,087,200, he has been placed on the block for $500,000 in an attmept to free up some room on the Windhoek Welwitschia roster.

JULY 9, 2009 - Club awards announced

Windhoek Welwitschia held its post-season awards ceremony and dinner last night at the Biltongboere Social Club and the following awards were handed out by the club management:

  • Player of the season: Kees Waterreus
  • Goalkeeper of the season: Gil Sá
  • Fullback of the season: Boyke Chan Carl
  • Midfielder of the season: Gerald Noorlander
  • Forward of the season: Kees Waterreus
  • Most Improved Player: midfielder Vorster de Vries

Season 5 (Division 2)[]

JULY 13, 2009 - Namibian tour for league’s best

The Vedder League’s two top teams will be making visits to Khomasdal Stadium this week when H Block Harriers and Subliminal Rovers face Windhoek Welwitschia in friendly matches.

First up are the Harriers tomorrow. In three previous cup and friendly meetings, the Ligue 1 side have won two matches while Windhoek walked away with a surprise 6-3 victory in a cup tie this past season. On Saturday the Subliminal Rovers will make their second visit in Namibia; the teams met in exhibition play in Windhoek’s inaugural season and played to a 3-3 draw.

“Our club makes it policy to play only the top clubs during our off-season so as to prepare ourselves and gauge our improvement compared to the very best this league has to offer. It also rewards our loyal fanbase by bringing the best teams and players to the Khomasdal to ensure a high caliber of product on the field” said Manager Botha after today’s optional practice.

JULY 15, 2009 - Wels up two games in Namibian tour

Windhoek Welwitschia defeated the league champion H Block Harriers 5-4 yesterday at the Khomasdal. Earlier in the week FC Sankt Pauli made the trip to Windhoek and the home side walked away with a 3-1 victory.

Against H Block Harriers, forwards Kees Waterreus and Pierre Schulp each bagged two goals and an assist with midfielder Ivor Frederick scoring the other goal. The high-scoring game was exciting and close as both teams held the lead – albeit only for 2 minutes in the case of the Ligue 1 side.

“It’s always a positive feeling to score a victory at the champions’ expense – regardless whether a friendly or competitive match. And the high scoring really catered to the local fans who come to these matches and pay to see the top stars of Ligue 1 do their thing” said Manager Botha after the final whistle.

Afterwards, both clubs retired to the Biltongboere Social Club where Windhoek midfielder Vorster de Vries fired up the braai and the two teams settled down for pints, good food, and some shop talk before the visitors had to depart a few hours later for the airport and their flight home.

Next up on the Namibian tour are visits to Windhoek by Subliminal Rovers on Saturday followed by Sumney FC next week; the Sumney match-up generating quite a stir as both managers have a long history of prior competitive experience against each other in Liga Mundo. In the most recent season, Manager Botha's team beat Manager Arcadian_Empire's team by 3 points to take the league title. The match may be a friendly but still expect to see a barn-burner as the managers continue their rivalry when go up against each other with different clubs.

JULY 25, 2007 - Windhoek victorious in season opener

Windhoek Welwitschia’s third season started off today in the right direction with a decisive victory over Lebanese side SAFA Sporting Club. The visiting Namibians picked up 4 goals at Watta-Msaytbe Arena as the home side was shutout by third-string keeper Manos Torgo and the Wels’ solid defensive line.

Fullback stalwart Boyke Chan Carl opened the scoring for Windhoek with his booming freekick past keeper Bilal Hachem. Midfielders Ivor Frederick and Jamie Alcott both scored before halftime to give the visitors a solid 3-0 lead. Despite a slight edge in possession for SAFA Sporting Club, the Wels’ offense pelted Hachem for 7 shots in the first half while the Namibians' wall of fullbacks snuffed out SAFA's attackers so that Torgo didn’t have to face any shots until the second half.

Newly-acquired forward Samuel Evans was making his debut with Windhoek and bagged the fourth goal of the match in the 55th minute. Six minutes later midfielder Alexander Wiggers was expelled from the match for injuring Chadi Karneh and the Welwitschias were forced to play down a man for the rest of the match.

“If it weren’t for that red card, I reckon the scoreline would have been much higher” commented Manager Botha after the match. “Twice last season we demolished this team in our cup meetings, so I didn’t even bother to dress our strongest squad today. I saw it as an excellent match for our youngsters to shine and excel in.”

Jamie Alcott, Bert Schut, Lucas Fik, and Boyke Chan Carl were all named to the X11 Squad for Week 1.

Next up is the home opener at Khomasdal Stadium versus Voom de futbol who are traveling in from Gauteng province in South Africa for their first-ever meeting with Windhoek Welwitschia.

AUGUST 2, 2009 - Welwitschias win derby match

Windhoek Welwitschias downed rivals Nottm Forest 5-1 in a derby match at the Khomasdal yesterday. In what was a rather chippy affair for the home side, Roger Deemer scored two goals in the first half for the Biltongboere before leaving halftime due to injury. Alexander Wiggers potted in one goal and picked up an assist before being ejected early in the second half. Midfielder Bert Schot and fullback spotkicker Boyke Chan Carl also scored for Windhoek.

Goalkeeper Gil Sá, in his first start of the season, made 5 saves of 6 shots – letting in Raymond Chisholm’s close-in attempt for Nottm Forest’s only tally of the match.

Along with Wiggers’ red card, three other players ended up in Referee Seymour Red’s black book for infractions.

The win propelled the Welwitschias back into first place after dropping down to third the week before when they lost a close decision to Gauteng side Voom de futbol. Next up for Windhoek is a trip to Durban to face the always dangerous Sharks FC. The Welwitschias have yet to beat the Sharks in four meeting but hope to reverse that trend in light of the Sharks recent middle of the road results.

AUGUST 9, 2009 - Welwitschias hold off Chizz Boy F.C

Bert Schut scored during injury time to give Windhoek Welwitschia a critical home win yesterday against leaders Chizz Boy F.C. The 2-1 victory meant the Namibians reclaimed first place by just one goal.

Pierre Schulp got the home side on the scoresheet early after Bert Schut set him up from a corner kick at the 7th minute. Around 15 minutes later, Zachary Strodder scored from a penalty shot past Charlie Watkins to tie up the game at 1-1. In a fairly uneventful match, Windhoek held a noticble advantage in possession but was limited to just 5 shots.

“I think the key factor was we were able to exploit the Chizz Boys’ somewhat disorganized midfield game” commented Manager Botha after the match.

Five Biltongboere made the weekly X11 squad: Boyke Chan Carl and Robert Persijn on fullback, X11 captain Bert Schut on midfield, and the two forward positions held by Kees Waterreus and Pierre Schulp.

Next up for Windhoek is an away trip Tuesday to Gauteng to meet Highway FC before a two week layoff before the rematch at the Khomasdal on August 22.

“The back to back byes will obviously affect us in the table but the rest means that when we return to the field, we’ll be 100% healthy and raring to go with two games at hand!” said midfielder Marc Hesselink to the press. “That puts us in a great position going into the second half of the season.”

AUGUST 11, 2009 - Shortmanned Wels shutout Highway FC

Playing down a man for two-thirds the game, 10-man Windhoek Welwitschia shutout Highway FC at Valley Bridge earlier today. Pierre Schulp and Samuel Evans scored from headers while fullback Boyke Chan Carl booted in one of his deadly freekicks to round out the scoreline at 3-0. Goalkeeper Gil Sá faced five shots on net, four of them in the second half.

In what was a bit of a slugfest on the field, fullback Cees de Jong was expelled by Referee Robert Nixon at 31 minutes. Both teams also lost players to injuries – with Windhoek losing the services of league-leading scorer Bert Schut for three weeks.

“I really liked how we still dominated the game even though we played shorthanded for most of the match. The line-up wasn’t particularly our strongest, but I went with players who had been showing high form in training this week and it really paid off” said Manager Botha. Youngsters Emil Saxo and Samuel Evans had noticeably strong outings for the attack, goalkeeper Gil Sá pulled off arguably his strongest effort to date.

“Gil Sá is developing quite nicely this season. Along with Manos “Hands of Fate” Torgo, I really like the condition of our goalkeeping corps. Starter Charlie Watkins has been struggling lately in training, but the fact we have, not one, but two back-ups who are close to capable of carrying this team, our future is looking brighter every day.”

“At the rate we are progressing, this team is going to be quite deadly next season.”

AUGUST 31, 2009 - Samuel Evans hero against Sharks FC

Windhoek second-line forward Samuel Evans banged home two goals against Sharks FC to give the home team their first even win against the Durban side in six tries.

Sharks FC went up by 1-0 early in the first half but in the second half Samuel Evans made paydirt on what were the Welwitschias’ only shots on net during the second half. His first goal came off a Vorster de Vries corner kick at the 74th minute. Then three minutes into injury time, Evans scored from in close in the penalty area to lead Windhoek to a much needed victory.

Windhoek Welwitschia has three games remaining in the season as they continue cling on to vanishing promotion hopes. Next up tomorrow is a tricky away trip to rivals Nottm Forest followed by what should be two easy matches against the two bottom clubs in Division 2.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 - Welwitschias down Forest in home stretch

Windhoek Welwitschia defeated divisional rivals Nottm Forest 2-1 yesterday at the City Ground. All three forwards – Kees Waterreus, Roger Deemer, and Emil Saxo – bagged goals for the visiting Namibians while Julian Winston scored for Nottm Forest a couple of minutes after Windhoek went down by a man when Alexander Wiggers was sent off for injuring Larry Richards in the 82nd minute.

Goalkeeper Charlie Watkins made 4 saves on 5 shots in what was his fourth outing of the season.

Six Welwitschia players made this round’s X11 team for Division 2: forward Kees Waterreus, midfielders Bert Schut, Gerald Noorlander, Jamie Alcott, and fullbacks Lucas Fik and Robert Persijn. Manager Bartnel Botha was also named X11 manager.

As Manager Botha explained the press post-game: “Our next two matches should be fairly easy wins for us as we face Voom de futbal followed by laughing-stock cellar-dwellers SAFA Sporting Club. Our position for promotion was helped immensely today when Highway FC and Sharks FC played to a 1-1 draw. While winning the division is probably beyond our means, our prospects for promotion now look very good as we have an extra game at hand compared to second-place Sharks FC – and they face divisional leaders Chizz Boy F.C in their final match of the season. Playing SAFA in our final match should prove to be a blowout for our offence, I expect a high-scoring result against them which should be enough to push us past Sharks FC.”

SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 - Welwitschias look to bump Sharks

Windhoek Welwitschia gained a critical victory this evening against Voom de futbol, downing the Gauteng side by the score of 3-1.

“While Voom de futbol has ended up being one of the weaker sides this season, we coughed up a close win at the Khomasdal against them at the start of the season – so we were not going to take them lightly today” said Manager Botha afterwards.

Pierre Schulp scored twice for die Biltongboeres and Bert Schut picked up one goal as Windhoek concentrated its scoring efforts around the half-way portion of the match. Third-string goalkeeper Manos ‘The Hands of Fate’ Torgo played his strongest game to date despite not seeing much action from the weak opposing offense.

“I’m really happy how well Manos Torgo has performed this season in his starts. He looked really shaky last season, but he’s really stepped up his play quite a lot this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if next season he starts to challenge for the number 2 spot on our goalkeeping troika” said Botha.

The win today – combined with Chizz Boy F.C’s 1-0 victory over Sharks FC – now gives Windhoek Welwitschia the chance to knock the first-place Sharks FC out of promotion contention in what has shaped up to be a nail-biter finish to the Vedder League Division 2 campaign. While the Welwitschias are currently in third-place, they are 1 point out of 2nd and 2 points out of 1st however Sharks FC has now finished their season and must wait until Tuesday to see if they end up inside or outside of promotion.

“We would need a major upset from our rivals Nottm Forest against Chizz Boys for us to have a shot at the divisional title, but second place looks very real as our final match is against the winless SAFA Sporting Club. So what I see happening is Chizz Boys will win and finish in 1st while we move up into 2nd which would bump Sharks back down into 3rd”.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 - Windhoek player recovers lost trophy

Jamie Alcott was taking his dog, Pickles for a walk in the woods when the dog unearthed a trophy stolen from the FA headquarters. The player received a reward of 1,500,000 rand from the governing body to show their gratitude which he donated to the club.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 - Welwitschias grab second place

In what was a foregone conclusion, Windhoek Welwitschia cruised to an easy 4-1 victory this evening against last-place SAFA Sporting Club and jumped one point ahead of Sharks FC for second place and a promotion spot.

“The scoreline could have been frighteningly higher if we didn’t lose Alexander Wiggers to an expulsion in the 63rd minute. We also dressed a fairly weak line-up, trying to get some last-minute playing time in for some guys as well as play some of our second- and third-liners” said Manager Botha after the final whistle.

Goalkeeper Gil Sá faced only three shots on net during the match but did concede what was only SAFA’s third goal of the season when he misjudged an attempt by Ghassan Abou Dyab on the creaseline.

Manager Botha did confess it was disappointing that Windhoek wasn’t able to capitalise on its strong start from the first half of the season and take the divisional title.

“We ended up with back-to-back byes at the midpoint so that huge break between games took a heck of a lot of wind out of our sails and through our form out the window as we sat around waiting for our next match. Even gaining the promotion spot doesn’t guarantee anything, as in successive years we have gain promotion through our own efforts or league restructuring but have always still ended up in the bottom division. We can now only wait and see how the league restructures itself again in the off-season and whether it really was promotion or not.”

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 - Club awards dinner held in Windhoek

Windhoek Welwitschia held its post-season awards ceremony and club dinner last night at the Biltongboere Social Club located next to Khomasdal Stadium and the following awards were handed out by the club management:

Player of the season: midfielder Jamie Alcott and fullback Boyke Chan Carl (tie) Goalkeeper of the season: Gil Sá Fullback of the season: Boyke Chan Carl Midfielder of the season: Bert Schut Forward of the season: Pierre Schulp Most Improved Player: forward Samuel Evans

In Division 2 merits, three players were notable: forward Pierre Schulp was third in goals with 5, midfielder Bert Schut lead Division 2 for most assists with 6 and was second in points scoring with 10. Tough midfielder Alexander Wiggers picked up the black mark awards for leading Division 2 with most sending offs (4 red cards) and second-most bookings (3 yellow cards).

Season 6 (Division 2)[]

SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 - Roster changes

Windhoek Welwitschia made a rare roster move this weekend after midfielder and original Biltongboere Gerald Noorlander was released on Saturday and then replaced this afternoon by 22-year-old midfielder Tusker Ndaw Zagwe picked up from the transfer wire. This is just the third change made to the club line-up in the course of three seasons.

“Since our re-tooling in our first season, I’ve pretty much settled on our long-term roster. Probably the only future change you will see is Charlie Watkins retiring after this season or the next and I bring in a trainee in our third keeper spot.”

Manager Bartnel Botha explained that Noorlander was released as his production dropped significantly last season.

“Noorlander was never flashy player but I kept him on for last season after he finished second in our team scoring in Vedder League Season 4. However I found during last season it was becoming more difficult to find enough playing time for him and he wasn’t really doing much except get injured. As our younger midfielders progress further this season, I felt keeping him on had since become a liability. Granted his replacement isn’t as talented at this very moment, but he has a lot of skills he will bring to the table once he is allowed to develop in the course of the next two seasons. Zagwe, of mixed Ethiopian-Kenyan parentage, is a relaxed, cool player that will remind many fans of Ivor Frederick except he doesn’t have Ivor’s booming shot.”

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 - Vedder League Namibian tour

Windhoek Welwitschia is in the midst of its pre-season friendly schedule as the Khomasdal hosted two visiting teams this past week and has two more matches lined up.

Sumney FC arrived in town on Saturday and promptly dominated play on the field in their 3-1 win against a lacklustre home squad which was still showing the effects of progress training camp. Forward Kees Waterreus scored the lone goal for Windhoek in the 78th minute coming off their only shot in the entire match while Bodo Böse, Sumner Bhandel, and Helmut Pollman scored for the visitors. Neither keepers Watkins nor Cronshaw looked particularly spectacular.

Yesterday then saw a reversal of fortunes for Windhoek as they hosted FC Sankt Pauli and proceeded to bombard 10 shots against keeper Jürgen Scheller. Kees Waterreus again lead the offense for the Welwitschias with his pair of goals in the first half along with Bert Schhut’s marker early in the second half. The 3-0 victory increased Windhoek’s record against FC Sankt Pauli to 6 wins and 0 losses – albeit all friendly matches, a point which Kees Waterreus pointed out: “It’s strange for despite them being a competitive team in a higher division, we’ve often beaten them by 2 or 3 goals. Our guys do look forward to the day when we are in the same division as Sankt Pauli. We’ve played a lot of friendlies against them but we are curious how well we would do in a league match-up.”

Next up on the schedule at Khomasdal Stadium is Saturday’s visit by The Confederacy followed by league champions United next Tuesday.

As Manager Bartnel Botha explained the United fixture, “we traditionally always challenge the league champion in the pre-season – for two reasons: it gauges our progress against the very best team in the entire league as well as gives our fans a chance to see of the best players playing in the Vedder League.”

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 - Welwitschias vs Sumney in FA Cup

The most anticipated rivalry in four seasons for Windhoek is about to begin when the Welwitschias face Sumney FC in the Final-16 round of the FA Cup.

Both managers Botha and Arcadian Empire have maintained a bitter yet respected rivalry from six seasons of Liga Mundo play – and this has now carried over into the Vedder League when Arcadian Empire took over Sumney FC late last season.

The two clubs currently do not play in the same division but anticipation has been mounting towards the day when they do. What was never expected was they would face each other in a cup draw in just the first full season for Arcadian Empire managing in the Vedder League.

Arcadian Empire’s team in Liga Mundo has gotten the better of me over the seasons” explained Windhoek manager Bartnel Botha, “however last season my Transvaal Springboks team went on a Cinderella run and took the league title against all odds – leaving Arcadian Empire to lick his wounds in second place.”

“We’ve exchanged much mudslinging over the seasons – such as when my star midfielder referred to his team as ‘a bunch of women in skirts’ after a critical victory against them last season”

Even though the two clubs won’t play in Namibia until the second match, Khomasdal Stadium has already been sold out.

“We’ve had some good rivalry against Nottm Forest over the seasons and the Sharks always prove to be a decent, tough-playing draw – but nothing will compare to this rivalry about to begin.”

Manager Botha then added: “Bring it on!”

OCTOBER 6, 2009 - Windhoek winning streak reaches 6

Boyke Chan Carl and Bert Schut scored within six minutes of each other to give visiting Windhoek Welwitschia a surprising victory over Sumney FC after the home side had led the match 1-0 for over an hour. The win increased Windhoek's winning streak to six consecutive matchs.

Simon Blümel bagged an early goal in close against Welwitschia keeper Charlie Watkins to put the home team on the scoreboard first. While the Biltongboeres outshot Sumney with three times as many shots, young Dylan Bhandal held fast for 7 saves to keep the score line honest.

“Judging from how well our midfield exploited the open field at centre to create opportunities, the final score should have been higher but Bhandal was a wall in preventing our forwards from burying away more goals than they did” commented Windhoek Manager Botha. “That kid is going to have a long and fruitful career in this league” he said in reference to the Sumney keeper.

Along with Boyke Chan Carl and Bert Schut, Jamie Alcott also made the X11 team for today’s cup round – but probably the most important unit for the victorious Welwitschias was the defence.

“Our fullbacks are all on the top of their game right now and snuffed out the opposing attack for most the match. We will need them to do it all again next week as no one expects Sumney to roll over and die.”

OCTOBER 12, 2009 - Offer for Bert Schut turned down

Manager Bartnel Botha confirmed that a League 1 club interested in midfielder Bert Schut contacted him today and submitted an offer bid on the player – however despite it being better than market value, it was quickly turned down.

“I will not identify the club out of respect for their own privacy, but none of our players are for sale,” commented the Windhoek manager, “although we are impressed that some of our players are nevertheless attracting attention from stronger clubs. This gives us confirmation that we indeed have the right squad for the future.”

NOVEMBER 8, 2009 - Welwitschias play spoiler role

In a hard-fought match, visiting Windhoek Welwitschia upset high-flying Durban side Sharks FC by hanging on for a tenacious 1-0 win. It was just the second win for Windhoek in 8 meetings, their first at ABSA Stadium, and the Sharks’ first defeat this season.

Manager Bartnel Botha was pleased by the squad’s effort: “Sharks FC are a real quality side, sometimes I wonder why they are still stuck down in the bottom division after all these seasons playing them. So anytime you can walk away with any points – let alone a win against them – then your team has done its job, and then some. Today was a massive win for us, totally unexpected since in our last meeting at the Khomasdal in Windhoek, we got spanked 3-1.”

The lone goal of the match came in the 79th minute when Kees Waterreus lobbed the ball up to Pierre Schulp who then beat Peyton Crawford one-on-one on the breakaway.

“I think what helped our effort today was our play in our own end was picture perfect. Our defense was a brick wall and Gil Sá stood on his head and played his best match to date” said Botha.

Looking at the Division 2 table, Manager Botha admitted that Windhoek was - baring some ludicrious upsets - out of the running for the divisional title but said there was still a chance to slip into the second promotion spot if Windhoek can defeat rivals Nottm Forest next week and then depending on how the Sharks vs. Nottm Forest match on the last day of the season plays out.

“Despite Sharks and Nottm tied in the table 3 points ahead of us, we cannot catch the Sharks even with yesterday’s win in the bank because they still have two matches against the two weakest sides. Nottm Forest has a more difficult schedule, as they have to face both Sharks and us – but they too have a goal-padding match against hapless SAFA Sporting Club. It is possible that we can tie Nottm for points, but it could well come down to goal differential and then that becomes a crapshoot because we’ll both depend on SAFA for bagging maximum goals.”

Botha then added, “Regardless, it looks like another photo finish is shaping up for Division 2.”

NOVEMBER 15, 2009 - Another upset for Windhoek

Windhoek Welwitschia benefited from an early own-goal and a Bert Schut set-play to defeat rivals Nottm Forest 2-1 yesterday at the Khomasdal. Nottm Forest beat Charlie Watkins when Cuthbert Sloan scored on a breakaway a couple of minutes after Bert Schut scored from Vortser de Vries’ corner kick - but the first 15 minutes was all that was needed to decide the game as the remainder of the match deteriorated into a rash of bookings for both sides.

The recent wins against the two best teams in Division 2 coupled with a surprising 1-1 draw between derby rivals Real Durban FC and Sharks reinforces Windhoek’s chances at promotion at Nottm Forest’s expense.

“Our promotion hopes unfortunately hinge on the result of the Nottm Forest vs Sharks clash in a couple of weeks” commented Manager Botha to the press after the match.

NOVEMBER 26, 2009 - Windhoek hopes rest with Sharks win

An unfortunate 2-2 draw last Saturday versus Supa Strikas fc means that any hopes for Windhoek Welwistchia gaining promotion now rests with rivals Sharks FC.

“A Nottm Forest win would essentially consign us to another season of Division 2 football” said Manager Botha. “We simply don’t have the goal difference for a tiebreaker should Nottm Forest finish at 22 points.”

As the standings indicate now, a Sharks win paired with an expected Windhoek win next Saturday against cellar-dwellers SAFA Sporting Club would give second place to the Namibian side. However if Nottm Forest either win or draw, then Windhoek would need at least a 5 goal margin of victory against SAFA to get enough goals to beat Nottm Forest in goal differential if both sides finish with 22 points. Mathematically the Welwitschias still have a shot at first-place however most pundits including the team and players are writing that off.”

“Five goals is not impossible against SAFA however we’ve only seen that kind of scoreline only once from them this season. Besides we need to use the match for some last minute training experience before the end of season progress report. Now if we were playing our strongest line-up on Saturday, then yes I would say there is a chance we could bag more than 5 goals against SAFA. But we won’t be doing that, not when two of our second-string forwards need the start against SAFA. So now our fortunes are once again resting on the results of others. That Sharks-Nottm Forest match this Saturday has so much on the line. It will decide the title for two clubs and promotion for three clubs – so it’s a real exciting way to close out the season.”

Season 7 (Division 1)[]

DECEMBER 1, 2009 - Biltongboere begin rebuilding

With an eye to the future, Windhoek Welwitschia released 37-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Watkins this morning. Watkins had been with the club since its inaugural campaign four seasons ago but management could not guarantee him any playing time.

As Manager Bartnel Botha explained during today’s press conference, “it was tough letting Charlie go as he carried us well in our first two seasons. However with the steady progress of Gil Sá and Manos Torgo, he had been struggling for playing time the past two seasons. If he had been able to keep up with Gil and Manos in the most recent progress report, we probably would have kept him on for another season. However with no runners under the age of 23, we really need to start looking at bringing in some youngsters - and that requires opening some spots somewhere.”

Since their first season, Windhoek has only made one roster change every subsequent season – however Manager Botha said that he expects to see another two more player make their departure.

“We are currently floating Cees de Jong and Tusker Ndaw Zagwe on the transfer market. Cees is another veteran who has been eclipsed by his younget team mates and we found it very difficult to find line spots for him. As for Tusker, we were expecting more from him in development and he has basically panned out.”

“We’ve got a lead on a replacement for Cees de Jong – while for our midfield, we really aren’t in major need of bodies as of right now. I think what we will do is see what we can get through our junior system – as we haven’t actually promoted any prospects since Boyke Chan Carl joined us last March, which was four seasons ago. I’m curious to see what lands on our plate going that route.”

DECEMBER 2, 2009 - Chan Carl Brothers re-united

Windhoek Welwitschia signed its first youth prospect in almost nine months when Jerry Chan Carl, 17 year-old younger brother of star fullback Boyke Chan Carl, joined the club today as a midfielder. The promotion resulted in the subsequent release of Tusker Ndaw Zagwe, who had been floated on the transfer wire but had gained no attention.

DECEMBER 7, 2009 - Two more veterans to depart

Windhoek Welwitschia confirmed this evening that fullback Cees De Jong and Alexander Wiggers – both veterans from the original expansion team – will be departing the club later during the week after multiple offers on the transfer wire have been received for both players.

Wiggers, a hardnosed midfielder, is tenth on the club’s all-time scoring leaders and will go down in the history books for scoring the club’s first-ever goal in competitive player while De Jong will be remembered by fans for his unflashy, ‘defensive’ defenseman style of play.

Observers are expecting Manager Botha to make further youth rejuvenation changes to the squad’s midfield, either acquiring new, younger players from other clubs or filling open spots with junior prospect promotions.

DECEMBER 20, 2009 - Biltongboere adjust to life in Div.1

Windhoek Welwitschia held off NEC Nijmegen to a 3-all draw in their Division 1 debut yesterday. Forward Kees Waterreus scored twice and midfielder Jamie Alcott scored one goal. Goalkeeper Gil Sá had a rather uncharacteristic flat performance and only made 2 saves on the 5 attempts against him.

“We’ve played at Nijmegen last season in a mid-season friendly and promptly got trounced 4-1, so I was pretty apprehensive how we would perform against them” said Manager Botha. “Friendlies don’t really give you an idea how aggressive or passive a team will play, so we had no idea what their strategy would be. Likewise, we like to play an aggressive, crunching style which we back off in friendlies, so they probably were not expecting as physical a match as we game them.”

“However we were still shaking off some of the rust from the lengthy off-season. Going into the match, neither of our keepers looked particularly impressive during warm-ups – hopefully both Sá and Torgo can pick up their training regimen in the next couple of weeks.”

After four seasons spent in the bottom division of the Vedder League, adjusting to playing in Division will undoubtedly cause some growing pains.

“Apart from deadly Sharks FC, we don’t really know any of the other teams and what their strengths and weakness are – although no doubt that is how they probably view us as well. So long as we can avoid relegation, then I will be content for results this season. Unlike Division 2, every match will be hard-fought. The days of an easy three points from whipping post teams the likes of SAFA are now gone.”

FEBRUARY 14, 2010 - Welwitschias secure promotion

A strong 5-2 win yesterday at IFK Göteborg coupled with a surprising 3-2 loss by rivals Sharks FC propelled Windhoek Welwitschia back into first place and secured promotion to the top flight of the Vedder League next season. However Manager Bartnel Botha views next week’s final match of the season to be the toughest yet for the Biltongboeres when they travel to NEC Nijmegen – a squad which Windhoek had difficulty against during the season opener.

“Nijmegen is probably now the most dangerous side in Division 1 and despite them struggling in the standings in the first half of the season, we cannot take them lightly. They held us to a tie at our home opener and I expect we will be in for a hard time in the return match” said Manager Botha at training this morning.

Windhoek came into the season with the goal to avoid relegation but has been able to challenge for the divisional title along with Sharks FC, the other promoted side from last season.

“I knew Sharks FC would excel in this division, but I felt we would have problems on account of undergoing some rebuilding this season as we let go or sold off four of our veterans who had been around for our first four seasons. I felt bringing on four new players – Ramotswa, Gerd, Nilo, and Bissumbhar – all at once would weaken us in our defense and midfield, generally our strongest areas, enough so that we’d be fighting to avoid relegation. I did not expect all our boys to dig in and perform as well as they have.”

“It is going to be a real barnburner match to close out the season. Even though NEC Nijmegen have no chance for promotion, I do not doubt for a moment they are relishing the role of spoilers. For once this season all the pressure will be on us, so I hope we do not drop the ball next Saturday.”

MARCH 3, 2010 - Club merit awards and dinner

Windhoek Welwitschia held its post-season awards ceremony and club dinner last night at the Biltongboere Social Club. The following awards were handed out by club management in recognition of player achievement during Vedder League Season 7:

  • Player of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Goalkeeper of the season: Manos Torgo
  • Fullback of the season: Carlton Drury
  • Midfielder of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Forward of the season: Samuel Evans
  • Most Improved Player: forward Samuel Evans

In Vedder League merit awards, four Biltongboere received recognition:

  • Jamie Alcott 1st most assists (6 assists) and 2nd most points (8 points)
  • Roger Deemer (no longer with club) 2nd most sending offs (1 red card)
  • Vorster de Vries 2nd most assists (5 assists)
  • Samuel Evans 3rd top scorers (5 goals)

Season 8 (Ligue 1)[]

MARCH 5, 2010 - Junior Pirate now a Biltongboere

Rosmarley Pirates and Windhoek Welwitschia completed an intra-league player transfer today after Windhoek offered an undisclosed sum to Rosmarley in exchange for junior midfield prospect Mark van Bilsen.

“Youngsters with Van Bilsen’s skill-set don’t come along too often, so when we saw Rosmarley promote him to their senior squad, I contacted their manager to see whether they would be interested in selling him to us”.

Windhoek Welwitschia’s interest in Mark van Bilsen gained steam after little-used midfielder Romeo Nilo was released a couple of days ago - which opened up a new spot on the Biltongboere midfield line.

“We are dreading the day our field general Marc Hesselink retires, and while we have an over abundance of freekickers at the moment, Van Bilsen’s special apptitudes enables us to start grooming him early for an eventual playmaker role” said Manager Bartnel Botha.

“Earlier this week when we played Rosmarley Pirates in a friendly match, I spoke with Manager Adelaar while he was here. After finding out that Van Bilsen was indeed on the market, we came to a quick and fair agreement on a transfer price”.

MAY 29, 2010 - Welwitschias win in spoiler role

Every couple of seasons Windhoek Welwitschia takes on the role of spoiler team. Tuesday’s match versus rivals Sharks FC – probably one of the longest running derbies now in Vedder League – prove to be yet another Biltongboere footprint on the final outcome of the league… except this time instead of it being simply influence on a divisional title outcome, it was for the overall Vedder League championship itself.

Sharks FC came into the match looking the much better side and expected to walk away with the 3 point after four earlier matches this season – the regular season meeting in Durban and three cup draws – all ended in convincing wins for the South Africans. The Namibians last beat Sharks back in January after collecting back to back wins, while Sharks had taken the subsequent five matches to lead up to Tuesday’s meeting at The Khomasdal.

And while Sharks FC and NEC Nijmegen have been jockeying hard for the league title this season, the Biltongboeres have been flailing around in mid-table as the effects of a rebuilding programme instituted last season continue to unsettle the squad.

“Sharks like to change up their formations to always keep us guessing, and Tuesday’s match was no different” commented Manager Bartnel Botha during his 'This Week in Namibian Football' radio broadcast. “However this time, I am assuming on account of losing veteran midfielder Rodrick McDowell from injury in our meeting three days prior, they decided to go with a risky and ballsy 4-2-4 formation.”

“4-2-4 is one of those formations that can either result in brilliance or complete failure, and where their gameplan failed was we had outstanding performances from fullbacks Charlton Drury and Boyke Chan Chan combined with midfielders Jamie Alcott, who is now returning to full stride after a nasty injury early in the season, and Vorster de Vries, who is making a serious run for the league’s scoring title. These four players were able to counterattack and exploit their weakened midfield zone to keep them down to just 2 shots on net, while we managed 9 shots. Where we had our own problems was our forwards were impeded when Pierre Schulp left the game after only 7 minutes and we ended up with two second-stringers for our attack… probably the weakest combination we could have gone with after 18-year-old prospect Bismarck Botha substituted in for Schulp.”

Vorster de Vries, set up both times from Boyke Chan Carl set-plays, bagged both goals for Windhoek to give him 15 points and a 2 point lead in the league scoring race.

The 2-1 win for Windhoek ensured that NEC Nijmegen would beat Sharks for the Vedder League title on the tails of their own 1-0 victory against United.

JUNE 11, 2010 - Club merit awards and dinner

Windhoek Welwitschia held its post-season awards ceremony and club dinner tonight at the Biltongboere Social Club. The following awards were handed out by club management in recognition of player achievement during Vedder League Season 8:

  • Player of the season: Vorster de Vries
  • Goalkeeper of the season: Gil Sá
  • Fullback of the season Boyke Chan Carl
  • Midfielder of the season: Vorster de Vries
  • Forward of the season: Samuel Evans
  • Prospect/Rookie of the season: forward Bismarck Botha
  • Most Improved Player: midfielder Vorster de Vries

In Vedder League merit awards, four Biltongboere received recognition:

  • Vorster de Vries: 1st most points (15 points); 1st most assists (8 assists); 3rd top scorers (7 goals)
  • Lucas Fik: 2nd most sending offs (1 red card)
  • Ivor Frederick: 3rd most sending offs (1 red card)
  • Robert Persijn: 3rd most bookings (4 yellow cards)

Season 9 (Ligue 1)[]

Veddercup9

Vedder League Season 9 championship trophy

AUGUST 25, 2010 - Welwitschias win Vedder League title

“We’ve been the bridesmaid in most seasons we’ve played in with four second-place finishes but never the bride” said a relieved midfielder Bert Schut after the final whistle.

With some timely help from rivals Nottm Forest, Windhoek Welwitschia won its first ever Vedder League championship by the slightest of margins. A solid 4-1 win today versus last-place AFC Scunthorpe coupled with a 1-1 draw between NEC Nijmegen and Nottm Forest gave Die Biltongboere first-place in Ligue 1 on goal-difference by just 2 goals.

“Heading into today’s match, I didn’t give us much hope as Nijmegen looked to have a lock for the title. However, seeing that our longtime rivals Nottm Forest were battling against relegation and needing the win to stay afloat in Ligue 1, we thought we might… just might… have an outside shot if they pulled out all the stops against Nijmegen”, explained an overjoyed and stunned Manager Bartnel Botha.

The championship is the club’s first-ever divisional title in its seven seasons playing in the Vedder League.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 - Club merit awards and dinner

Windhoek Welwitschia held its post-season awards ceremony and club dinner tonight at the Biltongboere Social Club. The following awards were handed out by club management in recognition of player achievement during Vedder League Season 9:

  • Player of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Goalkeeper of the season: Gil Sá
  • Fullback of the season: Boyke Chan Carl
  • Midfielder of the season: Jamie Alcott
  • Forward of the season: Samuel Evans
  • Prospect of the season: midfielder Dieter Nassylaan
  • Rookie of the season: midfielder Mohamadou Njitap Fotso
  • Most Improved Player: Jamie Alcott

In Vedder League merit awards, three Biltongboere received recognition:

  • Jamie Alcott: 2nd most assists (4 assists); 3rd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens); 3rd most points (7 points)
  • Samuel Evans: 2nd top scorers (7 goals); 2nd most points (10 points)
  • Bert Schut: 1st most bookings (4 yellow cards)

Season 10 (Ligue 1)[]

DECEMBER 7, 2010 - Marc Hesselink takes an early retirement

Marc Hesselink, one of the six original Biltongboere from the club’s debut roster in Season 3, parted ways with Windhoek Welwitschia yesterday when he was released a couple of weeks after announcing his impending retirement at the end of Season 10.

Wearing #7, Hesselink was one of the most intelligent players to ever don the Welwitschia sweater and during his tenure with the club, he was the primary playmaker on the midfield until superseded a few seasons ago by Bert Schut and Jamie Alcott.

At the time of his departure, Marc Hesselink was 2nd in career games played with the club (84), 5th in career points (42), 3rd in career assists (26), and 5th in career X11 selections (21). In Vedder League merits, he was the 1st MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season 3 (Div.4), had 2nd most assists (6 assists) in Season 4 (Div.3), and had 3rd most assists (4 assists) in Season 6 (Div.2).

Season 11 (Ligue 1)[]

JANUARY 10, 2011 - Original Biltongboere departs

Veteran forward-midfielder Kees Waterreus was released by Windhoek Welwitschia today. The 34-year-old Watterreus was one of five original players still remaining from the initial roster when the club joined the Vedder League in Season 3 and had announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the upcoming Season 11. After a decrease in performance the past two seasons, club management decided to out-right release Watterreus as “…it was going to be very difficult to find and justify enough suitable playing time this season for him".

Kees Waterreus departs the club ranked 8th in career matches played (73), 7th in career points (34) and career goals (22), and 9th in career assists (26). He was named the X11 team a total of 18 times – all of them in regular season matches. The hardworking forward who wore #10 was often used back on the midfield line as a playmaker during critical matches to throw off opposing defenders and such tactics often worked to the advantage of the Welwitschias.

Injuries in Season 8 took their toll on Waterreus and despite scoring his second-highest number of goals last season, he struggled to maintain high form and performance as he played most of his matches as a midfielder substitute. The past couple of seasons saw his output superseded by second-line forwards Emil Saxo and Bismarck Botha.

Waterreus's best season was in Season 4, the second for Windhoek, when he led the team in goal scoring with 8. He was also had the second-highest number of goals and third-highest points in the Vedder League that season for Division 3.

He will certainly be remembered for a long time by the Biltongboere faithful as one of the greatest utility players to ever have graced the grass as The Khomasdal.

Season 12 (Ligue 1)[]

APRIL 14, 2011 - Biltongboere float Bissumbhar

Windhoek Welwitschia has placed eternal substitute Iwan Bissumbhar on the transfer wires and it appears the five-season midfielder looks set to move. Manager Bartnel Botha received his asking offer after just two hours from being put on transfer and the speedy Bissumbhar – who was constantly the odd-man out in the midfield second-line – should find success elsewhere.

“We were carrying too many midfielders and needed to open up a spot on our attack. Bissumbhar always seemed to play below his potential and an injury suffered last season seemed to put more dampers on his progress.”

His replacement will be impressive 18-year-old Baby Biltongboere graduate Christopher Tataw, a steely forward who shows strong leadership potential for the future.

“Once Tataw came on our radar, we knew we had to find a way to get him onboard the senior squad. He will undoubtedly become our best junior signing since going all the way back to when the legendary Boyke Chan Carl joined the club. With our three top forwards at 30 years or fast approaching 30, we needed to start thinking about bringing at least one prospect into the line-up. Tataw will be the perfect addition and should mesh with Sam Evans particularly well.”

Tataw is expected to officially sign with Welwistchia on Sunday after Bissumbhar’s transfer is completed but Manager Botha was unsure when he would make his senior debut.

Season 13 (Ligue 1)[]

SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 - United are Vedder FA Cup champions

“On behalf of the Windhoek Welwitschia football club, I would like to congratulation our opponents United for winning the Vedder FA Cup championship. A job well done!”

That was Manager Bartnel Botha’s only public statement made at the conclusion of the FA Cup Final today at The Khomasdal.

Heading into Game Two behind after a 4-2 loss last week against United, the Biltongboere needed to win the match by two goals to take the title. Unfortunately for the home fans, while Welwitschia did take the match, they felt short for the cup by a lone goal. Playmaker Vorster de Vries’ lone goal in the 70th minute was the only tally for either team. If Windhoek had been able to manage a 2-0 or even a 3-1 win, they would have taken the FA Cup due to the home-goals rule.

“You have to give credit to United for being such a tenacious side. They are consistently one of the most difficult sides to predict in the Vedder League and because of that, you never know what to expect from them and they always keep us on our toes,” commented Jamie Alcott, Windhoek’s captain, after the final whistle.

With the cup run now done, Welwitschia now has to focus on their current league campaign. They are currently holding down the first-place spot but face strong competition close behind from NEC Nijmegen, United, and Nottm Forest. With two-thirds of the team being 30 or older next season, there is a noticeable urgency to get at least another title under the current squad’s belt before Manager Botha is forced into a rebuilding programme in a couple of seasons’ time.

“We have at best two more competitive seasons before we start to see widescale retirements from our veteran core,” said Manager Botha off the record, when asked about the team’s future.

Season 14 (Ligue 1)[]

DECEMBER 24, 2011 - Persijn departs Welwitschias

Robert Persijn, the 34-year-old veteran fullback who wore #3 for Windhoek Welwitschia, has been released after twelve seasons with the club.

He played his 100th legendary match on August 20, 2011 in the first leg of their Vedder Cup draw versus FC Barcelona. An original Biltongboere, Persijn's final match was the 6-1 loss to NEC Nijmegen on December 21, 2011; he was released by the club three days later as management began to look at rebuilding an aging defensive corps.

Persijn finished with the club in seventh-place for career matches played (122). His best season was probably in Vedder League Season 4 (his second with the club) when he finsihed with 6 X11 selections. During his career in the Vedder League, he picked up league merits for 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 3 (Division 4) and 3rd most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season 8 (Ligue 1).

His replacement is the newly-promoted Jean Il Ewane, a rather promising 18-year-old product of the Windhoek youth programme.

Season 17 (Ligue 1)[]

JULY 24, 2012 - Welwitschia ceases operations tomorrow

After three years and a half years and 15 seasons, Windhoek Welwitschia made the announcement that it would cease operations, effective tomorrow Wednesday July 25, and close its doors at The Khomasdal.

“Sadly, it appears the Vedder League has kicked its last ball,” commented a sombre Manager Bartnel Botha.

“I’ve had other opportunities and offers come my way in recent months – and one of them, I’ll be taking them up on an offer to join but I need to make a move in the next couple of days if it is going to take flight.”

“It has been a great run – and I am sad to see Die Biltongboere close up shop after finally reaching their peak with recent success after many a struggle in those early seasons of this league.”

“I would like to thank Ante75 for his years of support and dedication to this league. It’s a pity we could not have seen the league grow, but he did his very best to keep this league going for as long as it did. Many smaller private leagues are facing reduction and extinction; it is incredibly difficult to keep leagues going for as long as he did with the Vedder League.”

“I would also like to thank our longtime rivals, Nottm Forest, and their manager RogueMonkey - who along with Sharks FC - are all products of the old Division 4. We had many great battles on the pitch and our respective fans built up a grudging respect for their rival over the seasons. Looking back, who would have know that half of that half of Season 3’s Division 4 would have lasted it out to the very end? It’s also fitting that the last champion of the Vedder League was one of that class of teams.”

“I wish everyone the best for the future – and of course we shall keep in contact and hopefully our paths cross again on the football field.”

- Manager Bartnel Botha, Windhoek Welwitschia

Xpert Zone League - Season 21 (Beginner Zone B)[]

Namibia logo

Windhoek Welwitschia (Xpert Zone League)

AUGUST 2, 2012 - Windhoek Welwitschia finds new home

After playing for 15 succesful seasons in the Vedder League, Windhoek Welwitschia were forced to find a new league to call home after their orginial competition folded from a lack of teams. Their manager, Bartnel Botha, then responded to a previous invitation to join the Xpert Zone League to resurrect the Namibian club as an expansion team - in the hopes that by joining a large 300~member league, the club had a better, long-term viability for survival and success.

While maintaining its historical lineage with the former Vedder League club, the re-born Welwitschia adopted new uniforms and club crest to signal their fresh, new beginning in the Xpert Zone League.

The Windhoek club is named after the Namibian national flower welwitschia which is unique to the country and a tenacious fighter for survival in the hostile Namib Desert - a living fossil that symbolises fortitude against adversity.

With their former roster now unavailable, Manager Botha was forced to recruit amateur players on the cheap from neighbouring Angola. The current home uniforms, manufactured and supplied by Pravus Ingruo, consist of shirts featuring a design based on the Namibian flag (dark blue base, with red, green, and white trim and a yellow sun emblem) paired with black shorts with white trim. The club plays all its home games at The Khomasdal (stadium capacity 10,300) in suburban Windhoek – the capital of Namibia.

In the course of 15 seasons, Windhoek Welwitschia won the league championship three times and was a perennially strong side – achieving 113 wins the course of 180 regular season matches and only finishing worse than third-place in two occurrences.

Now they start from scratch once again to return to greatness.

OCTOBER 15, 2012 - Club relocating to Swiss Alps

Windhoek Welwitschia announced today that the club will be relocating to the town of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps for the upcoming Xpert Zone League seasons - and renaming itself as AFC Matterhorn.

As Manager Bartnel Botha explained at this morning's press conference, "After losing the old Welwitschia club - which played 15 seasons - due to their original league folding, I found it really hard to re-create the same vibe with the old name but with completely new players. Therefore I've decided to retire the name and rebrand this club."

Player merits[]

  • Jamie Alcott - 2nd most assists (5 assists) in Season 3 (Div.4); 1st most assists (6 assists) in Season 7 (Div.1); 2nd most points (8 points) in Season 7 (Div.1); 2nd most assists (4 assists) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 3rd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 3rd most points (7 points) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 3rd most points (11 points) in Season 12 (Ligue 1); 1st most assists (9 assists) in Season 12 (ligue 1); 2nd MVP (10 Xpert Elevens) in Season 13 (Ligue 1); 3rd most sending off (1 red card) in Season 15 (Ligue 1); 1st most assists (6 assists) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 2nd most points (8 points) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 2nd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 2nd most assists (6 assists) in Season 17 (Ligue 1); 2nd top scorers (8 goals) in Season 17 (Ligue 1); 1st most points (14 points) in Season 17 (Ligue 1); 2nd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season 17 (Ligue 1)
  • Boyke Chan Carl - 2nd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season 6 (Div.2); 3rd most points (15 points) in Season 10 (Ligue 1); 3rd top scorers (11 goals) in Season 10 (Ligue 1); 2nd most bookings (7 yellow cards) in Season 11 (Ligue 1); 2nd most bookings (3 yellow cards) in Season 17 (Ligue 1)
  • Roger Deemer - 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 3 (Div.4); 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 7 (Div.1);
  • Vorster de Vries - 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 6 (Div.2); 2nd most bookings (3 yellow cards) in Season 6 (Div.2); 2nd most assists (5 assists) in Season 7 (Div.1); 1st most points (15 points) in Season 8 (Ligue 1); 1st most assists (8 assists) in Season 8 (Ligue 1); 3rd top scorers (7 goals) in Season 8 (Ligue 1); 2nd most points (13 points) in Season 11 (Ligue 1); 2nd most assists (8 assists) in Season 11 (Ligue 1); 2nd most assists (6 assists) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 3rd most points (8 points) in Season 16 (Ligue 1)
  • Samuel Evans - 3rd top scorers (5 goals) in Season 7 (Div.1); 2nd top scorers (7 goals) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 2nd most points (10 points) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 2nd most bookings (7 yellow cards) in Season 10 (Ligue 1); 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 13 (Ligue 1); 1st most points (12 points) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 1st top scorers (11 goals) in Season 16 (Ligue 1)
  • Lucas Fik - 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 8 (Ligue 1)
  • Ivor Frederick - 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 6 (Div.2); 3rd most bookings (3 yellow cards) in Season 6 (Div.2); 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 8 (Ligue 1); 3rd most bookings (2 yellow cards) in Season 15 (Ligue 1)
  • Marc Hesselink - 1st MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season 3 (Div.4); 2nd most assists (6 assists) in Season 4 (Div.3); 3rd most assists (4 assists) in Season 6 (Div.2)
  • Dieter Nassylaan - 1st most assists (11 assists) in Season 14 (Ligue 1)
  • Robert Persijn - 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 3 (Div.4); 3rd most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season 8 (Ligue 1)
  • Christopher Pike - 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season Season 14 (Ligue 1); 2nd most bookings (2 yellow cards) in Season 15 (Ligue 1); 2nd most sending offs (1 red cards) in Season 16(Ligue 1); 3rd most bookings (2 yellow cards) in Season 16 (Ligue 1); 1st most sending offs (1 red cards) in Season 17 (Ligue 1)
  • Emil Saxo - 3rd top scorers (10 goals) in Season 13 (Ligue 1); 3rd most points (14 points) in Season 14 (Ligue 1); 2nd top scorers (14 goals) in Season 14 (Ligue 1); 1st top scorers (9 goals) in Season 17 (Ligue 1); 2nd most points (11 points) in Season 17 (Ligue 1)
  • Pierre Schulp - 3rd top scorers (5 Goals) in Season 5 (Div.2)
  • Bert Schut - 3rd most points (6 Points) in Season 3 (Div.4); 1st most assists (6 assists) Season 5 (Div.2); 2nd most points (10 Points) in Season 5 (Div.2); 1st most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season 9 (Ligue 1); 3rd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season 12 (Ligue 1); 3rd most assists (8 assists) in Season 13 (Ligue 1); 3rd most points (14 points) in Season 13 (Ligue 1); 1st most assists (7 assists) in Season 17 (Ligue 1)
  • Kees Waterreus - 2nd top scorers (6 goals) in Season 4 (Div.3); 3rd most points (8 points) in Season 4 (Div.3)
  • Alexander Wiggers - 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season 4 (Div.3); 1st most sending offs (4 red cards) in Season 5 (Div.2); 2nd most bookings (3 yellow cards) in Season 5 (Div.2)

Youngest and oldest players[]

Vedder League[]

  • Youngest: (16) Dieter Nassylaan (midfielder) was promoted from the junior ranks during Vedder League Season 8.
  • Oldest: (37) Charlie Watkins (goalkeeper) was the oldest player to sign with the squad at 33 years old. He was released on December 1, 2009 at the conclusion of his fourth season with the club, at the age of 37 years old.

Xpert Zone League[]

  • Youngest: (17) Bryan Muhlack was promosted from the junior ranks in Season 21 and is the youngest player to play a game for the club, at age 17.
  • Oldest: (30) Alves Capessa (goalkeeper)

"Zero Heroes"[]

The following players were signed by the club but never participated in a competitive match.

THE "ZERO HEROES"
PLAYER POS SIGNED RELEASED
Silvio Vanenburg D 06-Jan-09 21-Jan-09
Cor Robben MF 06-Jan-09 21-Jan-09
Geert Nederkoorn GK 06-Jan-09 26-Jan-09
Jan de Langen D 06-Jan-09 26-Jan-09
Rick Sier MF 06-Jan-09 29-Jan-09
Henk-Jan Koopman GK 06-Jan-09 06-Feb-09
Jerry Chan Carl MF 02-Dec-09 23-Dec-09
Djalma Tchilepue F 26-Jul-12 28-Jul-12
Osório de Sousa D 26-Jul-12 29-Jul-12
Edgar Kiteculo D 26-Jul-12 28-Jul-12
Braume Sekulu D 26-Jul-12 31-Jul-12

Transvaal World Cup III appearance[]

The Welwitschias participated in Transvaal World Cup III as a filler team to balance out the tournament scheduling. Completely outclassed by the stronger national squads, they finished in 44th and last place - losing to Checors in a shoot-out.

See also[]

Advertisement