MTC Premiership Player of the Year, Riaan Cloete says his contract with African Stars has not been renewed yet, after delivering a sterling performance for the side in the just ended season, now making him unsure if he will stay with the Reds or not.
“ I don’t know, I am still waiting for the club to offer me a new contract. I can stay with the club, but it depends if they are going to give me a good offer,” said Cloete, when asked about his future at the weekend.
Cloete, who was awarded for his efforts on Friday night, was Stars’ second top goal scorer with seven goals in 19 appearances, one short of his teammate Bradley Wermann.
Cloete previously played for Orlando Pirates before he joined Stars from relegated Hotspurs last season, but he has been a notable absentee from the national side, with his height cited as the main reason.
This season, Cloete helped Stars win the MTC Premiership League Cup competition in September last year and also the Bidvest Namibia Cup this month, but lost on the league title won by Black Africa.
Earlier, African Stars boss, Sidney Martin said that the executive has not yet started with the discussion of retaining their coach Ali Akan, let alone contractual talks of players.
Player contracts are due to be discussed at least in the following weeks.
Also at the awards, Harold Ochurub of Mighty Gunners walked away with a cool N$30 000 for being the Top Goalscorer of the season.
The rampant front-man scored 13 goals, but could not help his team escape relegation.
The Player of the Season award was voted for by all 12 club coaches, five captains from all the 12 clubs and also from each media house.
Willy Stephanus who is part of the Brave Warriors set up, was voted the Players’ Player of the Year and got N$ 20 000 for his emphatic runs on the wing, whose crosses has brought many goals for his side.
Stars coach Ali Akan was chosen as Coach of the Year in a category that comprised Woody Jacobs of Tura Magic, Brian Isaacks of BA and John Sikerete of Rundu Chiefs.
Akan was rewarded with a cool N$30 000.
Donnelly Neil of Civics and Isack Hamata were both awarded the Chairmans’ Award worth N$30 000 and will share the money equally.
The two were awarded for their contribution, dedication and promoting the game of football in general.
Best Newcomer of the Year went to Deon Hoto of African Stars for his brilliant display the past season that saw him rewarded with a national call up by Brave Warriors coach Roger Plamgrem.
League champions Black Africa received a whopping N$1 million for their brilliant run by winning 14 matches from a total of 22, while they scored a 38 goals, one short of second-placed side African Stars.
Reinholdt Shikongo and Mathew Kanyanga took the Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year award worth N$10 000 and N$5 000 respectively.