Se­crets of the Stars

With Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park)

Kick Off - - Inside - By Love­more Moyo

Ten things you may not know about Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile.

1 Peter Shalulile’s sec­ond name is Paan­ganga which means “Let’s Play” in his home lan­guage Oshi­wambo – the most widely-used lan­guage in Namibia. 2 The Highlands Park for­ward was born in the vil­lage of Een­golo, Ou­tapi, a town in north­ern Namibia lo­cated just 80 km from the bor­der with An­gola, but grew up in Wind­hoek af­ter re­lo­cat­ing just be­fore he started pri­mary school. 3 The 25-year-old is the last-born in a fam­ily of four chil­dren. He has three sis­ters, all of whom work for the gov­ern­ment in Wind­hoek. 4 His fa­ther, who re­tired from his job as a gov­ern­ment driver, now re­sides in Ou­tapi where he is into cat­tle ranch­ing while his mother is a man­ager at the air­port. 5 The out­spo­ken Namib­ian aban­doned his stud­ies in Grade 10 af­ter real­is­ing his heart was in foot­ball. “To be hon­est with you, school was tough for me and luck­ily my mother un­der­stood. Study­ing was not for me,” he re­veals. 6 He went to the same school – Jan­gonkere High – as fel­low Highlands Park team­mate Den­zil Haoseb as well as Larry Horab, who has also pre­vi­ously played for the Lions of the North. All three have been capped for the Namib­ian na­tional team. 7 So multi-lin­gual is the striker that he speaks English, Afrikaans, Oshi­wambo, Otji­herero, Da­mara and Ka­vango. 8 Un­known to many is the fact that Shalulile started out as a left-back at a time when he had right knee is­sues, be­fore be­ing switched to right-back and then left-wing. There­after he played in cen­tral mid­field and fi­nally up­front, where he is now play­ing. 9 Shalulile, who is not ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, is par­tic­u­lar about the jersey num­ber he wears, which is why there al­ways has to be a three in what­ever num­ber he uses. “I’m so proud that I come from Gol­go­tha 13 [town­ship] and that is why I wear 13 in the na­tional team. Since that jersey num­ber was al­ready taken here at the club, I use 38 which also has a three,” he ex­plains. 10 Shalulile is usu­ally mocked for be­ing old be­cause of his ten­dency to al­ways tuck in his shirt and roll up his shorts. “I al­ways tuck in both, on and off the field, be­cause I feel com­fort­able that way. The other thing is that I don’t have a fash­ion sense, which is why I wear any­thing I want,” he says.

An un­fash­ion­able Namib­ian who has to have the num­ber three on his back … here’s ten things you may not know about Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile.

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