Nam footballers enjoying Bots stint

• By Michael Uugwanga in Gaborone, Botswana

THREE Namibian footballers plying their trade in Botswana Premier League have settled in well at their club, Masitaoka FC, since moving to the neighbouring country early this year.

The players are striker Aubrey Amseb, defender Ivan Kamberipa and playmaker Marius Kotze all former players of African Stars Football Club in the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

Their team Masitaoka FC is currently in 11thposition with 32 points from 27 matches and just lost to top of the table team Gaborone United 1-0 on May 3.

Gaborone United is home to another Namibian footballer Kennedy Amutenya, and the team now has 64 points from 26 matches played.

The Botswana Premier League comprises of 16 teams.

Confidente recently caught up with Amseb, Kamberipa and Kotze at their living quarters in Gaborone.

Amseb has scored four goals for the club since his arrival and is already looking forward to next season so that he scoresmore goals.

“So far so good for me. It was a bit tough on the first day since we did not play football in Namibia for a very long time. The reception here was good from our teammates and the club management.

“I cannot blame myself for not scoring more goals, but if I get a chance I will put it away. Now we just have to look at next season,” he said.

Kamberipa has been a regular starter for the Brave Warriors for over a year and he is also a regular at his club.

His side has conceded 31 goals so far however most of the goals were scored before his arrival.

“We had to settle in fast because it was mid-season when we arrived here. Not easy to play in the defence because there are lots of tricky attackers in the league. It is always good to keep a clean sheet.”

Kotze who was training in South Africa before arriving in Botswana nearly a month ago has said that he is finally happy to start playing football again.

“Since I got here the treatment has been so good. I am really enjoying myself here. It gives me a platform to play football again.

“The target this season is to finish in the top eight so that we play in the Top 8 Cup next season,” said Kotze.