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Shitembi stranded in Pretoria

Mon, 11 November 2013 03:13
by Michael Uugwanga

One of Namibia’s hottest properties, Petrus Shitembi, is currently club-less.
Not so long ago, the 21-year-old was the toast of the Cosafa Castle Cup and was considered the next Johannes Congo Hindjou. Plus, his move to South African premiership side, University of Pretoria in January this year, was considered a career booster.
Unfortunately, Shitembi now spends most of his time on play station games or surfing the internet on social networks in his Pretoria flat, awaiting the next phone call from a prospective club.
“I still need to finalise some paperwork to get a new club. That is why I parted ways with Ama Tuks (University of Pretoria). Besides, I was not getting enough game-time, even though I was the only eligible, foreign-based player to get a South African residence permit in the team,” says Shitembi whose move from Rundu Chiefs to Pretoria was valued at N$900 000.
Since January, he has only played thrice for Tuks and eight times for Brave Warriors.
Besides competing with stars like compatriot, Ronald Stigga Katjijere, Botswana skipper Dispy Selolwane and Zimbabwean Obadiah Tarumbwa, Shitembi was also forced out because Clive Barker’s side wanted him to put his library science studies on a sabbatical.
“I was not a flop; they even wanted to retain me after I terminated my contract with them. However, money issues were settled peacefully.”
Shitembi has ruled out any chances of signing up with a national first division club in South Africa and his only game in six months might be Namibia’s international friendly against Mozambique nextweek Tuesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, which Warriors’ coach, Ricardo Mannetti, is expected to call him up for.  
His fans, he says, need not worry about how he is currently looking after himself. However, he drops a hint that Amazulu is after his signature although nothing formal has been put on the table yet.