Windhoek — Namibia's football sensation Olaf Beiter received an invitation earlier this year from Bundeslinga outfit Hoffenheim Club to attend trials with the Bundesliga club.
After a three-week stint, the youngster was invited by SC Borea Dresden to participate in an international youth tournament in Hamburg, where he impressed the club and subsequently got an offer to become a full-time member of the team.
Olaf will soon jet off to Germany to join his new teammates at the SC Borea hostel, where the entire team is lodging. The left-footed youngster already made headlines at the start of his career, when he played his first U-7 tournament as a five-year-old and became one of the top goal scorers in his age group.
Since then, he went on to win many tournaments and the medals proudly displayed in his room are proof of his blossoming football career, which appears destined for greater heights. To top it all, during his days with the SKW U-15 team, the youngster's impressive performance caught the eye of Namibia's U-17 coach Christy Guruseb.
According to the young fellow, his five-week stint in Germany expanded his vision. "Europe opened my eyes in the way football is practisced and played at a much higher level than at home. The academies there are specialized in football and they train five times a week and each weekend matches are played on a very competitive level. For me, it is a big honour and also a challenge to survive this hard, but fantastic world of football and life overseas."
Here are some interesting facts about Olaf's résumé:
Top scorer 2005 School League
Top scorer 2006 School League
Top scorer Streethouse League 2009
Most advanced SKW player 2011