An honour to play for African Stars: Tjiueza

26 Jan 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors midfielder Neville Tjiueza says joining the current Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions, African Stars is a dream he has had since childhood.
Tjiueza, who plied his trade for Tura Magic since 2008 from the age of 15, is still contracted to the club (Tura Magic) that gave him game-time from the Second Division, First Division and Premier League, but will be loaned to Stars until the end of the 2015/16 NPL Season.
“African Stars is a team that I have supported since childhood and everyone is expecting me to deliver when I step onto the field in their colours. I am going to fight for positions just like the rest of the players and I also expect to grow as an individual because Stars is a bigger club, and when you are there, you must be mature as a player, plus deliver when on the field of play,” he said in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday.
Tjiueza, who represented Namibia at all youth levels from Under-17 to the senior national football team, the Brave Warriors, also stated that he is hopeful that playing for Stars will give him an opportunity to win the NPL title.
“Stars are currently off pace as far as the league title is concerned but we can still make it, as long as we do well in the remaining games of the season. This is a big challenge for me to come in and help the team in reclaiming the title.
“I have to work on myself as an individual and on my form if I am to help the team achieve their goals,” said Tjiueza.
The player added that there is no bad blood between him and his sister club, Tura Magic but his return to the club will all depend on how things go when the season ends in May.
“I have been at Tura Magic for my whole football career. It’s hard to leave the teammates that I have played with for such a long time but I had to fulfil one of my dreams and I am happy that I got the blessing of the management at Tura Magic. I will play for Stars with an open heart now,” he said.
Since 2008, Tjiueza played with the team in the Khomas Second Division to the National First Division and Southern Stream First Division from 2009 to 2010/11. He started playing in the NPL when the team won promotions from the First Division during the 2011/12 Season.