This week AmaZulufc.net’s Slindile Xulu finds out that there’s more to Namibian hard running winger-cum-striker Tangeni Shipahu than jostling for the ball with defenders.
Slindile: What is Tangeni like away from the pitch?
TS: What I can say about me is that I am a very boring person. When I am not training I usually go on Facebook, call my family and friends back in Namibia. I enjoy going to the cinema. If I’m not on the field I am just indoors.
Slindile: How’s your social life now, since you joined Usuthu last season?
TS: I have teammates, but I do not really visit them. Some of them visit me. Off the pitch we do not really meet but we still friends around the club’s surroundings.
Slindile: Are you involved in any relationship with someone here in South Africa or back home?
TS: No, my girlfriend is back at home and I’m a one woman man (chuckles)
Slindile: How do you cope with the long distance?
TG: She usually comes to see me when she is off or bored in Namibia and I sometimes go and see her but it is a once in a while thing. She works in a mine doing Public Relations and I also have my football to be content about.
Slindile: How long have you been dating her?
TG: I do not know she will know.
Slindile: Where were you playing before joining AmaZulu FC?
TG: I was in Germany playing for Swarzz Weiss Dueren in 2008 and I then went to play for Tigers FC in Namibia.
Slindile: What does it mean for a Namibian to play football in South Africa?
TG: We get all the support because very few players are playing in the PSL. I think it is a good opportunity and a way of showing that Namibians can do well in South Africa. I received a lot of comments from various places back home after the Ajax Cape Town game.
Slindile: Do you think you will still get any opportunity to train or play overseas?
TG: Yes I have been there before and there is a huge chance I will if I work hard.
Slindile: How is it like working with Coach Roger Palmgren?
TG: I think that Roger is a good coach, he knows what he wants and he knows what a player wants. At the end he expects us to be our best and get a good result.
Slindile: As a striker given a lot of opportunities to play, do you think that you have kept with the expected standard in terms of your performance?
TG: Every player will tell you that they have their on and off days. So I have had games where I say I performed to my extreme. Every game I try and perform better than the other. At the end it is about getting the best results. I plan to bring more presents and make sure the club wins something as good as results in the league.
Slindile: Have you had any setbacks?
TG: Yes, I had a few injuries, but I bounced back.
Slindile: Do you have any Idol in and out of football?
TG: Out of football my parents and in football I look to myself for inspiration.
Slindile: Tangeni’s life after football, what do you see?
TG: I haven’t really thought about what I will do but I will like to help young footballers in schools or in academies.