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Mohammed ‘Slice’ Ouseb

Namibia's Brave Warriors captain Mohammed Auseb posed wearing his famous jersey ''#21''
Mohammed Charles Ouseb (45) is a Namibian international footballer born on 17 July 1974 in Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region in Namibia. He started his football career in a home town, Tsumeb playing together with 'Copper Town Boys' of Chief Santos from 1995–1998.  Present, today he is an assistant coach of the same football club. He played for the National team 1997–2004 with hooping game-appearances of 76 matches and participated in African Cup of Nations hosted in Burkina Faso in 1998.

He played for South Africa's Premier Soccer League clubs Kaizer Chiefs (1998–2001) where he hold a record of 71 matches.  In 2001 Ouseb was invited for the trial in Oslo, Norway and after successfully passed it and he joined FC Lyn Oslo. Ouseb played 42 matches while in Norway from 2001–2003 a period that lasted two years and then returned back to South Africa for Moroka Swallows at the beginning of the year 2004. He stayed with the birds until 2007 before returning home to team up a local football club Orlando Pirate for just few months. Like father like son, the late Kaputji Kuhanga his biological father was a footballer and much-feared winger, blessed with a dangerous left foot. He also played professional football in South Africa with Durban outfit African Wanderers in the 70’s.

National Team / AFCON 

Ouseb was an instrumental part of the national team that added a golden page in Namibia's sports history when the country qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 1998. During 1998 African Cup of Nations in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso he was a key figure along with his countrymen in Namibia's Brave Warriors squad: 

Goalkeeper
16 Petrus Andjamba    (United Africa Tigers)
21 Danzyl Bruwer     (Civics FC)
1 Ronny Kanalelo   (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA)
Defender
19 Phillip Gariseb
14 Stanley Goagoseb (Civics FC)
2 Petrus Haraseb (Liverpool, Okahandja)
3 Sylvanus Ndjambari (Black Africa)
5 Bimbo Tjihero  (Liverpool, Okahandja)
Midfielder
4 Frans 'Page' Ananias
7 Sandro de Gouveia (Blue Waters)
6 Silvester 'Lollo 'Goraseb         (Black Africa)
15 Johannes Hindjou       (Liverpool, Okahandja)
22 Johannes Jossop       (Black Africa)
10 Ricardo Mannetti        (Santos FC, RSA)
17 Robert Nauseb        (Kaizer Chiefs, RSA)
12 Mohammed Ouseb (Chief Santos, Tsumeb)
13 Simon Uutoni         (Liverpool, Okahandja)
Forward:
20 Philemon Kasicasi Angula (Oshakati City FC)
11 Berlin Auchumeb                (Chief Santos, Tsumeb)
18 Eliphas 'Shafile' Shivute               (Motherwell FC, Scotland)
8 Gervatius Urikhob       (Chief Santos, Tsumeb)
9 Ruben van Wyk               (Liverpool, Okahandja)
Manager: Ruston Mogane

Other Players Not Party of 1998 Squad
Goalkeepers: Harry Januarie (Black Africa) Defenders: Rodney Doeseb (Chief Santos), George Hummel (Hellenic, South Africa), Maleagi Ngarizemo (Mydatjies), Michael Pienaar (FC Fortune, South Africa), Sydney Plaatjies (Blue Waters) Midfielders: Salomo Heii (Civics), Quinton Jacobs (MSV Duisburg, Germany), Johannes Jantze (Beebob Brothers), Mogale Naruseb (Beauty Bucks) Strikers: Augustinus Mukoya (Chief Santos), Razundura Tjikuzu (Werder Bremen, Netherlands).

Referee Koman Coulibaly (C) shows the result to Namibia's captain Mohammed Auseb (L) as Morocco's captain Noureddine Naybet (R) looks on (Photo by Matthew Ashton).
21 years ago, the class of 98 Namibian football team has carried the spirit and high hopes of the nation. Namibia's Brave Warriors was determined to catapult the small nation to the World Cup.
Namibia had players to boast about, players like Mohammed Charles Ouseb, Congo Hindjou, Ronny Kanalelo, Ruben Van Wyk, Philemon Kasicasi Angula, Bimbo Tjihero and etc. This was the team that first qualified for a major international tournament, the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.

During that era, the team was playing attractive football and they were applauded for beating their old rivals, Bafana Bafana (South Africa) 3-2. Those outstanding performances prompted international clubs as far Asia, Europe and Baltic states to recruit Namibian players. Under the mentorship of Rusten Mogane, the players were so good that Mohammed Ouseb, was spotted by Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa and later won the Kick Off Footballer of the Season 1998-1999. It was Ouseb's noteworthy performance shown at Ouagadougou's tournament, that attracted the ''Phefeni Glamour Boys'' Kaizer Chiefs that offered him contract straight away.

Kaizer Chiefs

Mohammed Ouseb was one of the finest defenders to have donned the Kaizer Chiefs famous gold and black jersey. The Namibian born defender famous for his ‘Spanish tackles’ was a pillar of strength for the club in the late 90s. He took time to speak to kaizerchiefs.com about his experiences at Amakhosi, favourite stadium and more during his time as a Glamour Boy.

My transfer…

We were playing in the Cosafa Cup against Bafana Bafana and Bra Stan Tshabalala was around to check on Robert Nauseb. I must have impressed him because he asked me to come down to R.S.A for trials. I signed the contract after two or three training sessions.

My debut….

I am not up to date about my debut but when I arrived there were players like Brain Baloyi, Niel Tovey, my compatriot Robert Nauseb, Doctor Khumalo, Robson Muchichwa, Jacob Tshisevhe, Thabo Mooki, Thabang Lebese, Marc Batchelor, Disco Makua and youngsters like Jabu Pule, Lucky Maselesele, Ace Mbuthu and many others. I had great 1st season my best time in my soccer career.

My best goal…

I do not really have any specific one. I scored around five goals and all of them were from outside the 18 yards (long range) hahaha!

Morocco's Rachid Rokki (L) chased by Namibia's Mohammed Auseb (R) in Group 3 match.
My highlight…

Mhmmm everything I achieved in my first season, winning Rothmans Cup was a collective effort and my personal achievements, the Club’s Player of the Year, Kickoff Player of the Year and picking up few Player of the Month awards along the way!!

Team I wanted to beat most…

Hahahaha I am a born winner and wanted to achieve best results against all the teams we faced. I must admit now as time passed, my battles with Jerry Skhosana from Orlando Pirates made me look forward to the Soweto derby!


Best striker I played against…

Daniel ‘Mambush’ Mudau! He was not the biggest of them but he had an advantage in that small frame, he was very mobile, dangerous in the box and a good finisher. His trickery and his off the ball runs was sometimes too much!

My best buddy…

Robert was my best friend I hang around with him for obvious reasons hahaha. A very nice guy to be around with, same language etc…When Ertugral joined us, we had different roommate for every game.

My nickname…

‘Slice’! I got the nickname from a brother called Clive Gawanab, a family friend. I first heard about it in the late 80’s..I was one of the best in sliding tackles, that’s how he came up with the name.

My favourite coach…


I still regard both Paul Dolezar and Ertugral highly. Paul Dolezar was fun to be around with, always making jokes and he was tactically good and very funny character hahaha. I think the Khosi family is my witness ha ha ha…Ertugral was different, from his first meeting with players, we knew that here came a guy who takes his job serious and a disciplinarian, but he brought new ideas to the team!!

My favourite pitch….

I would say Ellis Park…we could feel the supporters just here on the touchline, just the atmosphere they created, because of stands close to the pitch…oh I hated Athlone!!

Rape Allegation

In 2016 Mohammed Ouseb dragged into the center of allegations that he raped an 18-year-old schoolgirl at Nomtousob in Tsumeb. It is alleged that Ouseb was caught red-handed by the victim’s grandmother while having sexual intercourse in the toilet with the schoolgirl, although it is not clear where it occurred. For the purpose of this article we will not elaborate more about this story on this platform.

In 2001 he joined FC Lyn Oslo in Norway. He retried from football in 2007 to became an assistant coach for Chief Santos and 2nd assistant coach for Brave Warriors in 2014
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