New Era (Windhoek)

1 February 2013

Namibia: Isaacks Finally Joins Maritzburg United

Windhoek — It's a done deal, Civics and Brave Warriors' goatee bearded midfielder Heini Isaacks has finally joined South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) outfit Maritzburg United, ending weeks of speculation on a possible move to the KwaZulu-Natal club.

In a recent interview, Isaacks said he was going back to Maritzburg to sign a contract with his team of choice, where he will link up with compatriot and Warriors number one shot stopper Virgil Vries, who recently signed an 18-month contract with the PSL side.

Isaacks (27) spent most of his football career with MTC Premiership League side Civics and penned down a deal that would keep him at United until the end of next season. The Namibian pair will in all likelihood make their debut in the PSL against Willem Mwedihanga's Amazulu in a PSL match immediately after completion of the AFCON finals underway in South Africa.

Civics team manager Paul Stramis told www.nfa.org.na that Isaacks' inevitable departure would be a massive loss to the Mighty Civilians. "He has always given his all for the club and was a key player for us notably in recent years. But we had to prioritise his personal career preferences and the future of the national team, because he will be playing at a top level, which can only help the national team. Skappie is not getting any younger and this is probably his last chance to cut his teeth in professional football and we at Civics strongly believe he can make the grade and wish him all the best."

Isaacks joined Civics in 1999 before briefly leaving the club to join forces with Denmark's Byrne FC. However, his international football career was stalled when he suffered a career-threatening injury that kept him out of the game for about two years before returning to rejoin the Civilians in 2008 following his recovery.

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