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Awillo staying put at BA

Mon, 16 June 2014 03:04


Black Africa and Brave Warriors midfielder, Willy ‘Awillo’ Stephanus has poured cold water on speculation that he has signed a pre-contract with African Stars.
Stephanus who won the Players Player of the Season award last year has been linked with a move to African Stars in the past couple of months.
However he reckons the move will never happen.
“I am not leaving Black Africa this season as far I am concern. I have a contract with the club that runs until 2015. I am very happy at the club and I am being treated well. I have received some phone calls from some coaches asking if I was leaving the club for Stars but that is not true,” he said adding that, “Why must I leave the club. I don’t have any intention do that.”
He also told The Villager Sport that, “ I didn’t sign any contract and I never spoke with any of  Stars management about moving there. It is not true. If a move from outside come, why not,” said Stephanus.
His brother and former BA captain, Lollo Goraseb was not surprised by the link when asked for comment.
“I don’t know anything about that. Stephanus is a professional player and only he knows what is best for his career,” said Goraseb.
Stars team manager, Lesley Kozonguizi also denied such a move for a player that will be one of the favourites for this year’s MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) footballer of the season’s award.
“ Why are people just writing too many stories on us?, No, not at all, Stephanus will not be joining us. We don’t want to create unhealthy relationships with other clubs,” said Kozonguizi.
Meanwhile, Chairman of BA, Kandas Paulinho also played down such a move saying the club is not in a position to sell its best players to their rivals but said that the club will sign new players for next season.
Paulinho also said the club will not resist any offer from an outside club for one of its best player, despite the club having let go some of its former top players who joined Stars in the past.
Paulinho, added that on loan Santos player from South Africa, Riaan Eugene will not have his loan extended because of a mixed season he had.
“We are not going to sell our best players to our rivals. We will be looking at strengthening the squad for next season but we don’t have the names currently that we want to sign because we lacked up front. It will be a good opportunity for our players to gain experience if they leave to play outside the country,” he said.
“Eugene’s contract will not be extended as he will return back to Santos. Eugene did a pretty good job but he struggled somehow because it was not easy for him to adopt so fast in a new league. At least he brought in his experience,” said Paulinho.