Despite impressively leading the Citizens to their first ever promotion to the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL), coach George Ochurub, is unlikely to be at the helm next season as he lacks the relevant coaching qualifications.
The Villager has discovered that Ochurub only possesses a CAF/Namibia Football Association (NFA) C License and does not have the required CAF/NFA A License to coach in the NPL.
Ochurus admitted that there is a likelihood of him relinquishing his position at the club, but is hopeful things will pen out in his favour.
“There were some coaches who only had a B license but coached in the premier league. I was supposed to get one but because of work commitments I could not. I will try to get one of course,” said Ochurub.
He said if the (NFA) blocks him from working in the premier league, his assistant Iseline Katire who has a B Licence will take over from the reins at the club.
Ochurub managed to lead Citizens to their first ever participation in the country’s top flight football league next season after winning the Southern Stream First Division this season.
Ochurub, who also steered the Citizens to the final of the Bidvest Namibia cup against African Stars on the 7th June in Windhoek, has club’s chairman Dawid Goagoseb’s support.
“He does not have the A License but we will make an arrangement for him if the A License will be required to coach in the league next year. If it will be the requirement next season then I will have to write a letter to the NFA,” said Goagoseb.
When asked if the club is looking at hiring a new coach in place of Ochurub, Goagoseb said the club has no intention of replacing Ochurub despite admitting to uncertainties over the situation.
“We are not hiring someone at the moment as we have faith in the two coaches. They are the two best coaches ever at the club,” said Goagoseb.
Goagoseb added that his club will not recruit players externally but rather will look to promote their junior team players to the first team.
“We are not just going into the market to get any player available but we will look at those who are disciplined on and off the field who can really contribute to the club. We have a good youth academy and we have identified three players that will be part of the team in the league,” said Goagoseb.
There are five coaches with premier experience currently job hunting, Jerry Zimmer, Wallace Doeseb, Lucky Shipanga, Rusten Mogane and Bertus Bock who are likely to watch the situation at Citizens with keen interest when the window period opens in June.