Bleak future for Gome

Namibian international player Wangu Gome might face the axe at his South African for the team to accommodate James Keene of England in order to comply with the new premiership rules according to South Africa’s popular monthly soccer magazine Kick-Off.

Gome was signed to Bidvest Wits this season, and is most likely to be replaced by British player, Keene who is expected to join the team in January next year.

Gome joined Wits for an undisclosed fee from Civics via Rebels in Namibia, having spent time at the South African PSL team on loan last year.

According to the Premiership Soccer League (PSL) revised rules, clubs are only allowed to have five foreign players registered at any given time, meaning Wits will have to chop and change mid-season to meet the new requirements.

Keene is currently out injured and has scored 12 goals for Wits since signing for them in January last year before he was ruled out for the first half of this season.

Wits was also home to former Brave Warriors skipper Henrico Botes, who re-joined Platinum Stars this season and retired former Warriors players like Richard Gariseb and Paulus Shipanga.

Besides Wangu, Wits have other four foreign players in their ranks, notably Mogakolodi Ngele (Botswana),Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi), Cuthbert Malajila and Knox Mutizwa both Zimbabwe.

The team has to sacrifice one of them.

If offloaded, Gome could end up without a club for the reminder of next season.

Gome was instrumental for the Warriors when they won the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) senior challenge in South Africa last year where he was voted the best player of the tournament.

This year he couldn’t help Namibia retain the cup on home soil after Namibia lost to Botswana in the quarter-final and saw the Warriors only winning the plate final against Mozambique.

So far, Gome has only played 48 minutes for Wits, 22 minutes in the Absa Premiership and 26 minutes in the MTN 8 cup competition, coming on for all matches from the bench but is yet to find the back of the net. 

In total Namibia has eight players plying their trade in the Absa Premiership, being Max Mbaeva, Chris Katjiuka, (both Golden Arrows), Henrico Botes, Benson Shilongo, (all Platinum Stars), Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United), Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park), Deon Hotto (Bloemfontein Celtic) and Gome.

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Meanwhile there are five Namibians playing in the South African lower divisions being Hendrik Somaeb, Gebhardt Ananias and Denzil Heoseb (all Jomo Cosmos, National First Division), Rudolf Bester (Alexandra Black Aces, ABC Motsepe League), McBride Ndjavera (Mthata City, ABC Motsepe League).