FORMER Brave Warriors player Razundara Tjikuzu is said to have blown close to N$30,000 on spoiling his friends, former teammates and relatives over the festive season.
Tjikuzu, who has not played for the Brave Warriors since 2006 when he was banned from the national team due to “his way of life”, now plays for Turkish club Buyuksehir Belediyespor as a defender in Turkey’s top flight league.
He spent three weeks in Windhoek during the festive season where he stayed at the Country Club hotel. The 29-year-old, who is famous for his unprofessional wild night life, is said to have been very sober and more responsible this time as he moved around visiting family and relatives.
A female vendor at Herero Mall in Katutura told Informanté that Tjikuzu “would get to Herero Mall and buy everyone who greets him, a beer or wine. Anything you wanted. He would even pay for things that are not bought. He has such a good heart.”
His cousin and close friend Seun Uarambuka said Tjikuzu was a changed man. “We spent the holiday working on family things. We were happy to have Razy around,” Uarambuka said.
One day, after withdrawing N$26,000 from his account, Tjikuzu was said to have gone back to his hotel with less than N$400 in his pocket, having bought presents and spoilt family and friends, which his relative Seun Uarambuka argued was a “normal man using his salary.”
“I was surprised to meet Tjikuzu so fit and sober. I bumped into him when he was with Quinton (Jacobs-another Brave Warriors player) and I did not see him drunk unlike in the past. He is a changed man. Even at the coast when I saw him, he looked sober and more mature,” said Namibia Football Association official, Titus Kunamuene.
Among those spoiled by Tjikuzu was national mascot Robbie Savage, who was also picked up and visited by the former Werder Bremen star, whose fondness for high life is said to have been replaced by a newfound seriousness.
In December 2005, Tjikuzu took three former teammates, Danzyl Bruwer and Jacobs, to retail clothing shop Street House, where he woke the shop owner at midnight and ordered his friends to take “whatever they wanted.”
In December 2006, he bought a brand new C-Class Mercedes Benz in the morning and crashed it into a wall that same night after another drinking spree with friends. The car was declared a write-off.
During the festive season of 2007, he is said to have purchased a house in one of Windhoek’s flashy suburbs, but sold it after spending less than five nights in it, claiming that there was a ghost in the house.
Tjikuzu was scheduled to meet national team coach Tom Saintfiet and discuss his potential comeback to the national team, before his departure for Turkey last Monday. Whether or not he met with the national coach could not be confirmed before going to press.
He is considered Namibia’s most highly paid footballer, and is eyeing a move to the German Bundesliga this season.
Sources say Tjikuzu earns close to EUR 60,000 (close to around N$ 700 000) per month at his current club.