24 Jun 2016 15:00pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - Former Namibian international striker Lazarus Kaimbi has left Bangkok Glass Football Club for Chiangrai United under a cloud of unexplained circumstances.
The former Namibian international has now signed a six-month deal at Chiangrai, also in Thailand, after being let go by Bangkok Glass with six months of his contract still remaining.
Kaimbi was out with a heel injury for about a month, and when his club lost to Buriram United three weeks ago the president started making some changes in the team, wielding the axe on Kaimbi and five other players - three from Thailand, one from Macedonia, and the coach of the club.
Kaimbis axing is a surprise considering that he had orchestrated the most assists in the Thai League at this stage, and was told by the doctor to rest his injured heel.
The club told the Thai media that they had cut Kaimbi's contract because of his injury, but he seemed to have recovered after playing a match against Pattaya United last weekend.
Initially, he had been given two options by the club: Stay with Bangkok Glass for the remaining six months with full pay (but the club would not register him for the second half of the season, meaning he would not play for the next six months); or the club would put a hefty price on his head to prevent potential suitors from seeking his services as he is a threat to their championship ambitions.
Speaking to Nampa from his base in Thailand, Kaimbi revealed that he is pleased to have signed for an equally competitive team that are looking to finish top of the table.
Although my new team (Chiangrai United) are currently 15 points behind the log leaders, I will try my best to keep us fighting up there (top of the log). The second round matches are starting this weekend, and I am ready and raring to face my new challenge.
Chiangrai will play against Suphanburi Football Club on Saturday in the second round matches. Chiangrai are currently fourth on the table behind log leaders Muangthong United, closely followed by Bangkok United; and Bangkok Glass in third position.