08 Jan 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) African Stars have signed Comorian International player Ibroihim Youssouf for an undisclosed fee for the next three years as part of their African Safari and professionalisation drive.
The 24-year-old player from Volcan Club de Moroni of the Comoros Islands, scored 21 goals for his club last season.
The signing was confirmed by Stars chairman, Patrick Kauta at a media conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, where he said the club will continue to look at strengthening its playing personnel with local and international signings during the current transfer window.
He is a striker who can shoot with both legs and is not afraid to take on the opposition head on. We signed him because last season our top goal scorer had 15 goals, but this season we want to improve on that, Kauta said.
He added that currently, the squad had filled all the spaces for foreign-based players, which is why they are now looking at releasing a couple of their international players to sign those that can add value to the club.
His views were echoed by assistant coach Andrew Tjahikika, who said they scouted the player during the first leg of the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League played between Stars and Volcan Club de Moroni last year.
He gave us a torrid time and within 10 minutes of the match. We had to assign a player to man-mark him. He is speedy and brings something that we do not have in the local league, he added.
The assistant coach said the player is a good acquisition, who will add value to the teams attack through his shoot on sight policy.
He added that the clubs younger players will have to learn from Youssouf, which is why there is excitement at the club surrounding the new signing.
On his part, Youssouf said he wants to win everything with his new club.
I will do everything in my power to try and win everything with the team. Football is a universal game, so my lack of English will not stop me from performing for my new team. I hope I will do well here, he said through an interpreter.
African Stars will face Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Saturday in the first leg of the 2018/19 CAF Confederations Cup fourth round at the Sam Nujoma in the capital.
Stars, who were dumbed out of the CAF Champions League last month, will then travel to Morocco for the second leg on 20 January 2019 in Marrakech.
At the same occasion, Kauta also revealed that the club would become the first club in Namibia to have 90 per cent of its technical team employed on a full time basis as it aims to bolster its professionalism.
He further explained that for Stars, instead of having a single owner, the club will be registered as a Private Limited company, with the supporters, who are known as Club 500 owning 50 per cent, while the other 50 per cent will be owned by businesspersons.