Windhoek — Three key members of the Brave Warriors squad, goalkeeper Virgil Vries, defender Willem Mwedihanga and midfield kingpin Petrus Shitembi have signed undisclosed deals with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs - Maritzburg United, Amazulu and University of Pretoria respectively - a move which could augur well for the development of Namibian football.
Tigers towering centre back Mwedihanga, has reportedly inked a two-year contract with Amazulu, as the Kwazulu Natal side looks to bolster their fragile defence.
Rundu Chiefs enterprising midfielder Shitembi will join compatriot Ronald 'Stigga' Ketjijere at Amatuks on a three-year deal. The inspirational midfielder has also been thrown a lifeline after having been granted an opportunity to continue with his studies in the Jacaranda City. Shitembi is a second year Information Science student at Unam.
"It's an honour for me to play for Amatuks as I will be able to play football and continue with my studies at the same time. I received a warm welcome from my new team-mates. I'm already looking forward to start playing professional football," a jubilant Shitembi told Amatuks.co.za.
Local football scout, Jakes Amaning, was the brains behind both deals. "The two have passed their medicals and signed good deals indeed. The future looks good for them and it's good for the boys as players but most importantly, these deals will contribute a lot to the national team in terms of increasing the number of professional players."
Brave Warriors number one shot stopper Vries was thrown another lifeline to fulfil his desire after an indifferent short spell with another PSL and Durban based outfit Lamontville Golden Arrows. The dreadlocked goalkeeper has joined Maritzburg United in a bid to resurrect his promising but stifled football career.
"I have signed an 18-months contract with an option of renewal for for a further two years. I'm extremely delighted to go back to the PSL after what happened at Arrows."
Another valuable member of the Warriors, Heini Isaacks, is also heading towards Kwazulu Natal to join forces with Vries at Maritzburg United. The goatee-bearded midfielder returned home last Friday and told www.nfa.org.na it's just a matter of time before he concludes a deal with United. "Everything went well over there - I will soon go back to South Africa to tie up some loose ends before signing the contract," said an excited Isaacks.