New Era (Windhoek)

7 February 2013

Namibia: Jacobs Joins Tura Magic Within 24hrs

Windhoek — As widely speculated, departed Ramblers mentor Woody Jacobs, son of the late Chicitos popular lead vocalist Squana Louw, has resurfaced at MTC Premiership League strugglers Tura Magic - barely 24 hours after denying claims linking him with the Katutura-based outfit.

Tura Magic announced through a press statement yesterday that it had roped in the services of Jacobs who unceremoniously parted ways with Ramblers after severing ties with the Pionierspark-based side via an SMS - 24 hours prior to his appointment as Tura's new mentor.

Jacobs was appointed with immediate effect and his reign at the league's new boys started yesterday, as the club seeks to avoid the dreaded relegation axe that has been hovering over them since the beginning of the current campaign.

According to a statement issued by the ambitious league strugglers, the club approached Jacobs for his services upon hearing the news of his resignation from Ramblers. It was only then that the club started negotiations with Jacobs, a schoolteacher by profession, to share his coaching experience with Tura Magic.

However, that rendition of events is scarcely plausible given the lightning speed in which the negotiations went from a mere offer to acceptance and that within 24 hours. The club has pledged its unwavering support to the incoming coach, to make his stay as pleasant as possible.

Details about the future of long-serving coach Timo Tjongarero remains sketchy, since he has apparently been redeployed to other unspecified areas of the game within the club structures.

The club applauded Tjongarero for the wonderful work throughout his seven-year tenure at the helm of the club since it was founded.

"No amount of words will be enough to express our gratitude to Tjongarero who has devoted his time and energy to mould Tura Magic into the outfit it has become," reads the statement.

Tura Magic was initially established as a football Academy in 2005 with the former African Stars skipper as head coach, while the club competed in the inaugural edition of the Khomas Under-17 League for three seasons before they won promotion to the Southern Stream Division One League and subsequently to the lucrative elite league, the MTC Namibia Premiership League, this term.

Meanwhile, former Brave Warriors blue-eyed boy Congo 'Jakkals' Hindjou laughed off suggestions that he was about to take over the vacant coaching job at Ramblers.

"It's utter rubbish. I'm totally committed to my assignment with the players union and it will be a complete conflict of interest for a unionist to be involved in coaching. It's as simple as that," the former midfield genius replied.

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