He is arguably the country’s best footballer in the red jersey of the Brave Warriors but 21-year-old Petrus Shitembi, who hails from Rundu, is currently seeing life more off the field than on it.
After terminating his contract with South Africa’s Absa Premiership club, University of Pretoria where he featured three times during a half-season stint, Shitembi has been a free agent since failing to secure himself a team during the January transfer window.
“I am training just as hard as the other players at Amazulu, to keep myself fit for when I’m called up by the national team,” says an optimistic Shitembi.
The talented player who has not been part of any club since the beginning of the current season hopes to sign up at Amazulu come the beginning of next season.
“I am not a registered Amazulu player yet. Our Zimbabwean-born goalkeeper, Tapuwa Kapini, had applied for permanent residence, because he wanted to be registered as a non-foreign player; that is why I was not registered”.
Shitembi spoke to The Villager Sports after making an appearance at a Brave Warriors match against Tanzania a fortnight ago. That was a 1-1 international friendly draw played in Windhoek. He made the appearance despite not having played competitive club football for nearly a year.
Shitembi’s move to South Africa last January from Rundu Chiefs seemed like a promising one until things started heading south for the youngster.
However, his agent, Jakes Amaning, revealed at the beginning of the year the left-footed attacker was in talks with several Absa Premiership clubs including Amazulu, which is also home to three Namibian internationals - Willem Mwedihanga, Sydney Uri-Khob and Pineas Jakob.
“He (Shitembi) didn’t get a club in the January transfer window, although he was in discussion with different ones. We will see after the end of the season how things go; as he is currently training with Amazulu,” said Amaning this week.