Gome enjoying his Armenia stay

By Michael Uugwanga

BRAVE Warriors midfielder, Wangu ‘Baptista’ Gome is enjoying the Armenian life ever since moving to the tiny European nation in March on the books of top flight football side Alashkert Yerevan.

Gome (27) who is reportedly wanted in other parts of Europe signed a one-year contract with an option of extending the deal.

Alashkert Yerevan are currently sitting in third place on the Armenia Premier League table with 44 points from 27 matches played.

Said Gome, “I live in Yerevan which is the capital city and the club is renting an apartment for me. I have played seven official and three friendly matches for the club ever since my arrival in Armenia. There is a difference in football in Namibia, South Africa and Armenia in terms of the levels, infrastructure and professionalism.

“Life here is well, I have settled in well and I am enjoying every moment of it. The food here is not different from the food we have back home, they just have different names compared to ours. I have tried a few Armenian dishes.

“They have given me a lot of nicknames but the most used one is N’Golo Kanté. I have been always a box-to-box midfielder but they (coaching staff) also play me as a defensive midfielder, on the wing (forward) and attacking midfielder which I am happy to play in all positions.”

He added that his teammates were curious about where Namibia is on the world map and issues relating to the development of the country.

Gome has made no secret about his team’s target this season which is to qualify for UEFA Europa League.

“The coaches’ main target is to make it to the Europa league and continue to contest for the league title. I have enjoyed working under every coach I had because each of them brought out something new to my game, which has improved me as a player and as a person.”

Gome who formerly played for Civics, Bidvest Wits, Cape Umoya (previously Platinum Stars) has over the last six years been a key member of the Brave Warriors squad.