Woody ditches Okahandja, joins UNAM

16 Jan 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - Woody Jacobs has left Okahandja United Football Club to join rivals University of Namibia (UNAM) on a three-year contract.
Jacobs will be assisted by Marcelo Wakudumo and Hennie Isaacks, while Harry January remains goalkeeper coach.
Former assistant and acting coach James Britz has been released by the club.
This was announced here on Wednesday by UNAM Football Club Board Chairperson Frednard Gideon, who said the mandate of the new coaching staff is to win the league this year.
“Following the resignation of Ronny Kanalelo last year, we took a fair, transparent and intensive recruitment process which ensured we attract the best candidate. That process came to a conclusion this morning. We settled for Nicholas ‘Woody’ Jacobs as UNAM’s new head coach, effective 16 January 2019,” Gideon said.
He said Jacobs has the pedigree to lead the team to greater heights, saying his experience and record speaks volumes.
Gideon added that they are confident that his experience and skills will enable the club to reach their targets.
“We are confident he will develop the student-athletes and help them become the best versions of themselves on and off the field,” he said.
Jacobs said he was delighted to be “the chosen one” amongst the many coaches who had applied for the position.
“I have always wanted to coach UNAM ever since they acquired their top flight status. In fact, coach Kanalelo beat me to the post when it was first advertised. I decided to come here because this was the best choice for me. I am not a wizard or magician, but I will give my best to make sure the club progresses,” he stated.
He added that he was aware of the pressure that comes with coaching a club with UNAM’s pedigree and he was looking forward to working with the players.
UNAM are currently placed 13th with seven points, eight points behind leaders Black Africa and one point above the relegation zone.
Their next match is against African Stars next week.