24 Jul 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) African Stars Football Club on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Mohammed Gargo as head coach for their senior team.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, African Stars chairperson Patrick Kauta said the coach will replace Bobby Samaria who is currently an interim coach for the senior national football team, the Brave Warriors.
Gargo, who is originally from Ghana, and who had a short stint with Tura Magic Football Club during the 2018/19 Namibia Premier League season, arrived in the country on Wednesday and was present at the launch of the African Stars Under-19 football team.
Kauta said they hired him because their aim is to progress to the group stages of the 2019/20 edition of the African Champions League.
At the moment Bobby Samaria is not with the team and we have a project that we are working on and cannot be without a coach. We are hopeful and positive that Gargo will take our project further as he has played football at a high level and also understands Namibian football, he said.
Kauta stated that their plan is to hire the coach for a period of three years.
Gargo told Nampa he is happy to be back in the country and hopes his style of football and philosophy fit the team well.
I have been briefed about the champions league campaign and we are jumping into it as we are learning to understand each other as well. But I know African Stars have experienced players that can deliver for the team, he said.
The coach added that he wants to bring a dream to Africa that Namibian players can also deliver at the same level as the rest of Africa, because they are talented.
Gargo has close to 10 years of coaching experience in his native Ghana.
He played professional football for several clubs in Europe including Udinese Calcio and Genoa in Italy, while he was also in the books of German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
He has 20 caps for the Ghana national team, scoring four times.
African Stars will face KCCA Football Club of Uganda in the Confederation of African Football Champions League 2019/20 preliminary rounds. The first leg of the contest takes place over the weekend of 09 to 11 August 2019 in Windhoek.