23 Apr 2016 13:50pm
GOBABIS, 23 APR (NAMPA) - Senior national football team forward Peter Shalulile says a move to a bigger club will hinder his development as a player.
This follows speculations that top-flight clubs in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), including log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, have shown interest in the Namibian player.
Shalulile plays for second-placed National First Division side Highlands Park in South Africa since last year. He helped Namibia's Brave Warriors win the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) Cup in South Africa in May last year.
He told Nampa on enquiry Friday that securing game time is paramount for his career at the moment and he cant afford to go sit on the bench at a bigger club.
I am happy with where I am now, and I always tell people that it is not about the money at all but playing more. What is the use you get so much money and you do not play, he stated.
Shalulile said he will stay with his team for now, and is confident that they will earn promotion to the elite league next season.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti reiterated that the development of a player cannot be over-emphasised.
It is a good thing to know that people such as Pitso Mosimane [Mamelodi Sundown's head coach] are watching you, but I spoke to him (Shalulile) and he knows what to do. Money should be secondary to game time.
It is not about the glamour now; the glamour will come later. When you play good, the big clubs and the money will always be there, said Mannetti.
He noted that players often leave for bigger clubs hoping for better opportunities, but ironically most of them cut their careers short after doing so.
When a player leaves Namibia to play elsewhere, specifically the PSL or abroad, we do not want to see them coming back just after two years.
Peter is young, and he should focus at his small club, establish himself, and develop himself, he added.
Shalulile has been selected among the top 10 players to watch at the Cosafa Cup slated for Windhoek in June this year.