10 Feb 2019 13:30pm
RUNDU, 10 FEB (NAMPA) African Stars Football Club (FC) player Simon Tapiwa Musekwa, who is a Zimbabwean national, was arrested in a dramatic turn of events on Saturday for allegedly providing false information to immigration officials.
The 27-year-old was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force who were accompanied by immigration officials to the Rundu Sport Stadium, where a match between African Stars and Julinho Sporting FC, was taking place.
It is alleged that Musekwa jumped the fence of the stadium in an attempt to flee to Windhoek when he was substituted at half-time, and was later arrested at Masivi roadblock 10 kilometres outside Rundu on the road to Grootfontein.
According to immigration officials on the scene on Saturday, when the player was playing for a different team, he used a different name and was thus requested to hand himself over to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in Windhoek to explain the confusion regarding his work visa due to expire on 22 February 2019.
Musekwa did not comply with these directives, which led to his arrest.
However, he was later released into the care of the teams manager who will in turn hand the player over to immigration officials on Monday to rectify his issues.
The player was released without his passport, which will only be couriered on Monday for fear of him absconding to his native country.
African Stars coach Bobby Samaria noted to Nampa that the incident is just a misunderstanding.
The Zimbabwean national was the same player who played for Young African FC during the 2017/2018 MTC Premier League season under a false identity.
Musekwa was fined by NPL for seven matches as per their disciplinary action, which the player served.
African Stars won the game against Julinho 5-1.