Stars sign Papama and Mata

04 Apr 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) – Reigning MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) team, African Stars Football Club on Thursday unveiled two signings in Windhoek.
University of Namibia (UNAM) defensive midfielder Marcel Papama and Young African goalkeeper Mbemutjiua Mata were unveiled during a media conference at Football House by club director Salomo Hei.
“We have signed Papama on a short-term loan from UNAM. He will be with us until the end of the season. His move to us sees Godwin Jena and Ikuaterua Tjozongoro going the other direction,” Hei said.
He added that during their campaign in the 2019 African Champions League and Confederations Cup campaign, the club identified three positions that would lead to them qualifying for the group stages.
He said they have already added a striker - Ibroihim Youssouf from Comoros - with the hope of competing again next season, should they win the league again this year.
Hei said Papama and Mata are the other two players they had targeted.
He further stated that they targeted 30 points during the first half of the season with the aim of getting 30 more during the second half to realise their dream of retaining the trophy.
“Our chairperson has termed this season ‘Operation Vat Alles’ and we are not panicking as we have already reached the final of the Standard Bank Top 8 and we are chasing log leaders Black Africa. We are reinforcing our team by giving these players the chance to unleash their talent,” he added.
On their part the two players expressed joy at signing for a big club, saying it has always been their dream to join the team.
“I am joining one of the biggest clubs in the country, I came here to play and secure my place in the national team. Stars will give me that platform. I also came here to win some trophies because it is like a culture here,” Papama said.
Mata said he is not joining Stars just to add numbers, but to take over the number one jersey and play in every match by working hard.
Papama is eligible to represent Stars on Friday against Life Fighters, while Mata is however still awaiting his clearance from Young African after he requested a transfer.
Meanwhile, Stars also confirmed that Michael Kamuserandu and Romario Gaseb have joined Orlando Pirates on short-term deals to allow them to get game time.
Long-time third choice keeper Helmuth Kristy Maletzky’s contract ended and the club has allowed him to leave.
The NPL transfer window opened on 10 March and will close Friday.