30 May 2015 08:50am
By Hesron Kapanga
RUSTENBURG, 30 MAY (NAMPA) Namibian international defender Willem Mwedihanga is positive of signing a new contract in South Africas Premier Soccer League (PSL) when his current contract comes to an end at Amazulu.
Amazulu were relegated from the PSL in the 2014/15 season and will now ply their trade in the South African First Division (Muvela League) next season.
Mwedihanga, who is currently representing Namibia at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in South Africas North West Province will be without a team when his contract with his parent club comes to an end in July.
He plied his trade for Tigers Football Club in Namibia before joining Amazulu in 2012.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the veteran defender said he is not focusing on contract negotiation until the end of the Cosafa Cup.
I first have to thank Amazulu for giving me a chance to play in the PSL, and I am contracted to them until the end of June. Come July I will be a free agent.
At the moment I am focusing on the Cosafa Cup as it is important to perform to the best of my ability for my national team and when all this is done I will focus on looking for a team to play for, said Mwedihanga.
He added that playing in the Cosafa Cup is also another way of marketing himself to scouts and other teams that might be interested in him.
My agent told me that I should focus on my national team duty before we look at what there is in store for me, but I am confident there will be something for me when the PSL season starts.
I am always grateful to the Namibian coaches who give me a chance to show the world what I am made of. Whenever I am with the national team they play me in the defensive position where I can express myself well and perform to the best of my ability, said the player.
He also told this news agency he does not see himself playing for Amazulu again as the club has not yet approached him to renegotiate his contract.
Usually when there is a year or six months left on your contract the club will approach your representatives and start renegotiating for a new contract, but with Amazulu being relegated to the First Division that did not happen.
Maybe they know it will be difficult to pay my salary in the lower division but I am hopeful something will come up even on our last game of the competition at Cosafa, said Mwedihanga.
Asked if he is willing to return to Namibia if he fails to get a team in the PSL, he said he started playing football in Namibia and if nothing happens for him elsewhere he will join a team at home that he is comfortable with.
If the situation forces me to go back to Namibia I will go back, because that will not mean I am done in football. It will be a way to also keep fit while looking forward in my career and seeing where I can sign another contract if the chance arises, he stated.
Mwedihanga could not reveal what team he would play for if he returned to Namibia, saying every player has different ambitions.
He said he does not mind joining newly promoted Oshakati-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Young Chiefs, since he was born and bred in the town where the team hails from.