09 Apr 2015 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) Sacked University of Namibia (UNAM) Football Club (FC) coach, Marcelo Wakudumo, says the team was on the right track under him despite the management's decision to fire him.
Wakudumo told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday he was shocked to receive the news last Tuesday that they have terminated his service.
I was really doing my best for the team and I believe that we were still doing well despite being out of the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup, he said.
UNAM was knocked out of the competition by Tigers FC, losing 0-2.
He attributed their loss to mistakes made by the players.
Often, when players do not come to the party, the coach becomes the victim. We lost that day because of mistakes made by the players, he said, without elaborating on what mistakes were made.
Wakudumo coached the team since the 2014/2015 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season, when the university's football club was promoted to the premier league.
UNAM currently occupy the 10th position on the NPL log standing with 30 points.
Meanwhile, Wakudumo called on young coaches to be careful with the people they work with in the technical team, saying people sometimes have hidden agendas.
He noted that his coaching career does not end with the university.
I am still young and I am a qualified coach. I will keep on learning until I get a new coaching job, he said, adding that he is also looking at doing his A-coaching licence with the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Upon enquiry, team manager, Ileni 'Eto' Sakaria told this news agency on Wednesday that Wakudumos employment was terminated by management due to the teams poor performance.
The team started off very well in the league but started dropping points and even losing home games, he said, adding that the team had fared poorly in both the Bidvest Namibia Cup and the NPL.
Sakaria further alleged that some of the players also had made complaints, but refused to disclose more information.
Some players were complaining but they seem to be happy now and are even attending training, he said.
George Dlamini has now been selected as coach.
Meanwhile, the team will be facing Tura Magic on Thursday at 19h00 at the Independence Stadium.
They will also again face Tigers on 11 April at the university's sports stadium, and Rebels on 11 April at the same stadium.