One of Namibia’s most exciting young footballers, McBride ‘Jali’ Ndjavera, has joined South African National Second Division (NSD) outfit Mthatha City on a season-long contract in a move that could prove to be the perfect springboard to greater things.
The former Brave Warriors box-to-box midfielder, who joined Mthatha at the beginning of the pre-season, parted ways with former club African Stars at the end of July after his contract came to an end.
All in all, Ndjavera did not have the best of seasons with Stars last year as he had to endure the torture of innumerable injuries that kept him on the sidelines, which subsequently saw him immensely struggling to hit peak fitness.
Speaking to New Era Weekend Sport, the highly-gifted midfield maestro expressed great excitement over his new club, saying although Mthatha is a 2nd division team they are very professional in all their operations and the club also boasts a lot of committed young players.
“Last season was not a great season with Stars – I struggled with a barrage of injuries and then again I also had weight issues as I was a bit inactive due to the injuries. A lot of people criticized me and I was called all sorts of names, with some saying I have grown a head the size of the moon, but I kept my head up high and with the support of my family, and especially my girlfriend Daphny Kaune and Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, I managed to pull through,” says Ndjavera, who also formerly played for Black Africa.
Now almost fully fit again and faced with an exciting new challenge across the Orange River, Ndjavera says his ultimate aim this coming season is to work extra hard in making sure he helps Mthatha City gain promotion to that country’s National First Division (NFD) and also to do well in the Nedbank Cup. But equally on his list of priorities is to work his way back into the Brave Warriors camp.
The South African national second division, also known as the ABC Motsepe League for sponsorship reasons, is that country’s third tier league and was established in 1998. Due to the size of South Africa, the competition is split into nine divisions, one for each region.
After the league stage of the regional competition has concluded, the nine teams are placed into two ‘streams’, sometimes referred to as the Inland and Coastal streams. The teams that finish in first place of the stream stage are promoted to the National First Division. They then compete for an overall title with substantial prize money.