The immediate future of Namibian footballers, campaigning in the stinking rich South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) is in jeopardy.
Apart from Brave Warriors newly found sensation Pikes Shalulile, whose club Highlands Park gained promotion to the elite league and the trident of Golden Arrows Slimkat Mbaeva, Deon Hotto-Kavendjii and Chris Katjiukua, the rest of Namibian footballers are currently floundering in a pool of confusion over their future.
The Free State Stars pair of Ballack Somaeb and Da Costa Angula has been told in no uncertain terms to find new employers, as they are no longer in the plans of the club going forward, while the Brave Warriors’ inspirational skipper and teammate Dudes Mwedihanga’s future at the University of Pretoria hangs in the balance.
Mwedihanga is nursing physiological wounds after suffering an unfortunate successive relegation during his three-year stint in the PSL. The towering former Tigers defender must feel hard done after he suffered the same fate with Amazulu in the 2014/2015 campaign.
A dark cloud hangs also over the status of Brave Warriors hard working midfield general Wangu-Batista-Gome.
The diminutive playmaker was on his season long loan at PSL outfit, Bidvest Wits University. It is not yet known whether the Milpark outfit would extend the loan or acquire the Namibian’s services on a permanent deal from his parent club, Rebels.
Disgraced Brave Warriors shot stopper Virgil Vries – whose heroics between the sticks helped his club Maritzburg United avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth – is likely to be retained by the Kwazulu/Natal franchise, at least for the time being.
Both Vries and Katjiukua were kicked out of the Warriors camp ahead of the Cosafa Cup for breaking the team’s curfew. The pair has since made a public apology, but coach Mannetti would not budge and left the troublemakers out of his final squad for the Cosafa Cup.
Meanwhile, veteran striker Henrico Botes is club cless after his PSL club Bidvest Wits University declined to extend his contract.