The frequency rate of coaches moving from one club to the next ahead of the upcoming MTC Premiership made more headlines this time around, compared to players who traditionally steal the limelight.
To date, coaches such Woody Jacobs, Ali Akan, George Hummel, Bertus Bock, Gerlad Gunther and Lucky Shipanga all made moves, while no activity was observed for big-name players.
When The Villager contacted the Namibia Premier League (NPL) office, league official, Lorraine //Gowases confirmed that no official signing has been made with the office.
“So far no club has submitted any documentation on the transfer of their respective players. They will normally wait until the last few days before making their moves, but so far we don’t have anything official,” she says.
But coaches made sure to ready themselves, with the temperamental Jacobs moving from Tura Magic to African Stars, while the short-fused Akan has now joined Orlando Pirates from African Stars.
Bock, who was an assistant coach at Pirates, has now joined Tura Magic as head coach, while former Brave Warriors defensive stalwart, Hummel has moved from Blue Boys as player coach after Shipanga has left mid-season, to Eleven Arrows.
Guther, who was with Eleven Arrows, now joins Blue Boys, while former Blue Waters livewire, Shipanga has now officially joined the coastal giants (Blue Waters)
Despite the coaches making their respective managerial changes, there was also little activity among the players and the only notable names include Rudi Louw and Chris Katjiukua who both turned out for African Stars.
Katjiukua is training with Black Africa, while Louw has been released and still looking for a club.
Rundu Chiefs signed-up a record nine players, first seeing Someno Erastus returning from studies in Cuba, while Barnard Horaseb joins the side from Eleven Brothers.
Muleni Sevelinus and Kamulilo Salom both come to the Rundu-based side from lower division side Sundowns which is based in Otjiwarongo, while Romario Mans moves in from African Lions.
Others include Hedney Aebeb from Sport Club, Tunependa Heita, Shikongo Welhelm (both Ogongo College), Uaseuko Katjiukua (SKW) and Mutuku Incentius (Cuca Tops, Outjo) also joined the side.
Mervin Nguvauva comes in from relegated SKW, while Ekeh Cosmos was signed from Eleven Arrows.
The players that were released at the same club include, Alfeus Ngwezi and Adeleji Omulolu.
In the Blue Boys camp, goalkeeper Gernot Spath from German club Bonn F.C, SKW’s Dieter Tietz, Albert Namukwambi and fellow teammate Jordan Haimbili all signed-up for the Swakopmund based club.
African Stars player Martin Shapo is currently in negotiations with Blue Boys after he was released.
Newly promoted United Stars acquired the services of Alfeaus Ngwezi and Adeleji Omulolu,
African Stars also Clarence Foroma, Shapo, including Louw.