RETIRED footballer Mike ‘Barnes’ Petersen was one of the most scientific and prolific strikers in entrance of aim for the duration of his participating in times.
Owning presented the country before and soon after independence, the Windhoek-born star who starred for Black Africa through his heyday hardly celebrated soon after scoring a goal.
Petersen commenced taking part in organised football at MH Greef Major University in Khomasdal.
“I was first skilled by the streets of Bethlehem in Khomasdal. Individuals ended up the days that we performed football the complete day, and only starvation or thirst would power you to go dwelling and consume water or try to eat something – just to go again and engage in right up until practically sunset.
“I played for a crew referred to as Pink Devils, and it grew from enjoying street football to taking part in friendlies towards the Augustineum Secondary College group. Factors begun to happen severely when I went to Ella du Plessis Secondary Faculty in the late 70s,” he says.
Petersen showed great expertise as he even captained the school team even though he was nonetheless in Conventional 7 (Grade 9).
It was in the course of his Common 9 a long time at Ella in 1980 that the previous sharpshooter was noticed by Black Africa (BA).
“The country’s politics had been extremely significant at the time and my father was not satisfied with the idea of me signing up for Black Africa, due to the fact he construed them to be a Swapo staff. But my aunty did not acquire no for an response and I joined BA immediately after I returned from school in Cape Town.
“I went to do my matric in Cape Town in 1981 because my father didn’t want destruction all over me, but I officially became a Black Africa player in 1982. My father confirmed his disapproval by chasing me out of his residence for a month at least,” Petersen suggests.
His father would eventually attend and get pleasure from just about every match Petersen played for BA, in particular in the Metropolitan Champion of Champions Cup final, which saw him rating all a few as the Namibian cup champions thumped African Stars 3- in 1990.
The previous hotshot statements he performed his very best soccer at BA, and says he will in no way overlook 1987, when BA received the NNSL League, the Mainstay Cup and the John Participant Exclusive (JPS) Cup.
“We were blowing purple sizzling that yr. We received the league with an odd level towards the freshly promoted Chief Santos, and went on to crush Blue Waters 5-1 in the JPS Cup ultimate, prior to we defeated our bitter rivals African Stars 2- in the Mainstay Cup finals,” he states.
The retired star also attended a two-7 days demo spell at Moroka Swallows shortly right before, but administrative glitches by the then South West Africa Football Association hierarchy robbed him of the possibility to enjoy skilled football in South Africa.
His prolific kind for BA observed him currently being chosen for the pre-independence countrywide crew that participated in the tough South African annual Currie Cup provincial event in Cape Town in 1986.
It thus didn’t appear as a surprise when the self-proclaimed exercise fanatic was also portion of the initially Namibian crew that was assembled by Zimbabwean coach Shepherd Murape to enjoy two friendlies towards Lesotho in Maseru in 1990.
“Playing against other African nations around the world was a unique ball video game following quite a few yrs of isolation, since our country was not independent nevertheless. In actuality, it was a impolite awakening . . .
“Playing Zimbabwe was hard, but playing versus the Zambian staff that perished in the plane crash off the Gabonese coast was a distinct ball video game. We had been taught a comprehensive soccer lesson at the Independence Stadium and they manufactured us chase shadows all through the match,” he says.
Get the job done, Household
Petersen has been married to wife Claudine for the earlier 17 many years, and the few has one particular boy or girl.
He also has five other children from prior relationships.
Petersen is at this time earning a living as a construction contractor and, aside from currently being a livestock speculator, he is also a component-time compact-stock farmer in the Hardap region.
“I am now a entirely-fledged developer who can construct your house from scratch. I will attract your household strategy for you, until the final phase of handing more than your keys.
“I am not into the odd handyman jobs, but if I am into far more significant business enterprise like constructing residences I can do renovations on your home as properly,” he suggests.
The former soccer star states the construction organizations, like a lot of other folks, is however recovering from the injury caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Petersen, who mentions his father as the particular person who motivated his football vocation the most, states even though he is generating a respectable dwelling out of his design operate, this is his next option, for the reason that, being a B-licence coaching holder, he often wanted to be a soccer coach.
“With soccer seeming to be receiving back again on observe with the second Fifa Normalisation Committee, my would like is to occur again to football in the in close proximity to upcoming. I are not able to stand and criticise from a length. I definitely want to get concerned and it will certainly be with Black Africa.
“I am also a conditioning coach, and it is my short-time period goal to get my A Levels,” he states.
Petersen advises younger footballers to choose their careers seriously.
“Sport can be a way of living currently and you can get to the optimum heights if you use your thoughts accurately. The possibilities are in abundance now, unlike in our times, for the reason that you can are living a significant and exciting lifetime currently,” he states.