12 Jun 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - Youthful Brave Warriors midfielder Wangu Gome is adamant that his move to the elite South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) was not a mistake.
Gome made the remarks amidst growing concern about his lack of game time at Bidvest Wits in the PSL.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Gome, aged 22, however admitted that the agony of playing fewer games is haunting him, having played only five matches in an entire season for his club.
It does not mean that I am less of a player than the other players and I respect the decision of my coach, said Gome.
He added that although he is yet to feature as a first-eleven player in the team, he does not regret having accepted the offer to play for Bidvest.
The move was not made by me. But even though I did not play as much I learned a lot from my fellow players such as how to adapt to the pace of the game, he stressed.
Not only has this predicament caused him the prospect of not exposing his talent to potential international clubs, but Gome's future with the national senior football team Brave Warriors also came under intense scrutiny recently.
He missed several crucial games for the Brave Warriors such as both legs of the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi due to his inactivity at Bidvest.
Brave Warriors won their second leg of their encounter against Burundi, but suffered a defeat in Bujumbura by a similar result.
This came after Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti emphasised that inactive players will not be selected to play for the national team.
If a player does not play at least 50 per cent of the games at his club, then I will not consider such a player, Mannetti has told Nampa in recent weeks.
Gome played for Civics Football Club before his move to the PSL in September last year.
Meanwhile, Mannetti added that the ample time in this year's Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) allowed him to select Gome for the regional showpiece.
If we only had a week I would not have called him. But at least we have enough time to work on him so why not give him a chance? he said.
The Brave Warriors are the current holders of the Cosafa cup, which means that the team will only play in the quarter-finals of the 16th edition of the Cosafa Cup, on 18 June against the Zebras of Botswana.