Shitembi still out nursing injury
By Michael Uugwanga
BRAVE Warriors captain Petrus ‘Dancing Shoes’ Shitembi, who plays club football in Malaysia has said that he is not yet sure as to when he will fully recover from an ankle injury he sustained over three months ago.
As a result, Shitembi missed the Brave Warriors Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Guinea in March this year at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, in which Namibia won 2-1.
Shitembi made his Brave Warriors debut in 2011 in an international friendly match against Malawi at age 19, and has 59 caps.
A product of boyhood club Rundu Chiefs in the Kavango East Region, Shitembi aged 28, is at his ninth club at Terengganu FC, with his contract coming to an end on 30 November 2021.
Speaking in an interview with Confidente Sport from his base in Malaysia, Shitembi said he already underwent surgery.
“Operation was successful. At this moment I’m not setting any timeline, my focus is on the healing and recovery right now. I’m making progress, everything looks good … not yet recovered but it is going to take a while definitely
“I am working with specialists who will be best to guide me once we get to cross that hurdle,” said Shitembi.
The player could make a return to the Brave Warriors squad later this year for the 2022 FIFA African World Cup Qualifiers rescheduled to September, due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Like I have earlier stated, my primary focus is on my recovery and making sure I get back stronger, those are things for a later stage, as we make progress,” said Shitembi when asked when he is likely to return to action.
The Rundu-born attacking midfielder is currently enjoying life in Malaysia after saying that the club (Terengganu FC) has been helpful and supportive towards his recovery from injury.
“They have assisted me as much as they possibly could. I am just happy that I’m in capable hands and making good strides towards the recovery. I have got my own apartment and a car that the club provided me,” he said.