A big heart and knowing what you want in life will never get you wrong and Lazarus Kaimbi, one of Namibia’s soccer exports has proved this point.
Kaimbi, who now turns out for the Thai team - Osotspa Saraburi club - started small playing for David Bezuidenhout Secondary School team when he was in Grade 9. He made the junior national team grade after school at the time.
“I only took soccer seriously when I was chosen to play for the under-17 national team. My first match was in Four Nations tournament in Walvis Bay,” Kaimbi recalls.
Kaimbi played in the Namibian Newspaper’s Cup as an under-20 player in Oshakati. By that time and shortly thereafter, he joined the Invincible football Club.
Kaimbi also played for Ramblers in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) as well as for the senior national team.
In 2006, while playing for the Namibian national team, Kaimbi was scouted by Jomo Sono (the owner of South African soccer club ‘Jomo Cosmos’) at the age of 18.
“I did not play during the first season because of problems with my identity documents. They wanted to register me as a local. Namibians born before independence in 1990 qualified to be registered as local players in the South African premier league. I was then registered as a local player for Jomo Cosmos for five seasons,” he adds.
He was the top goal scorer during his first season at the team and was always in the starting 11.
“I enjoyed playing for that team as it was an experience on its own and was worth it,” he says adding that, “One Sunday, I was called by the team manager, Jomo Sono a.k.a. the Black Prince who told me about a team in Asia (Thailand) that was interested in me. By that time, I knew nothing about Thailand apart from what I had been taught at school. But I took a chance and agreed to go. Before then, one of my biggest dreams was to play in any team overseas and it did not matter which league it was.”
The talented footballer joined the Thai club in 2011 and has one season left on his contract with the team.
Upon his arrival in Thailand, however, Kaimbi first played in a trial match for a champion team at that time, Muangthong United, but chose to sign up with his current team instead because of a better salary offer.
“Throughout my whole career, I have had no agent or manager to make all these decisions, although at same point, Jomo would help me make certain choices while in Thailand,” he says.
He reveals that he would like to see himself playing for a top league especially in Japan.
Education is the most important thing in life and all the young boys who wish to have successful soccer careers, according to Kaimbi, should also have education and not give up on their dreams.
“I never saw myself playing against the great teams like Chelsea and I am so proud of myself for what I have accomplished,” Kaimbi concludes.
He drives a state-of-the-art Range Rover when he is in the country while he has used his hard-earned cash to renovate his mother’s house in the Otjomuise suburb.