Unhappy Kambindu leaves Gunners

By Michael Uugwanga

RAVE Warriors striker Elmo Kambindu told Confidente Sport this week that he has left Mighty Gunners Football Club alleging that the club management has for many years been sidelining players in decision making.

As a result Kambindu did not play in this past weekend’s double header in the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) in Keetmanshoop, against Orlando Pirates on May 29 and against Tigers on May 30. Mighty Gunners drew in both matches.

Despite Confidente Sport being reliably informed by a source close to Mighty Gunners that Kambindu left the club due to a salary dispute, Kambindu said that the club is failing to invest in the players’ welfare.

“Yes, I left Mighty Gunners last week Friday, 27 May. The reasons are because the club management does not want to invest in the players, as it is only them that is benefiting. I did complain about it but the management told me that I cannot come change things here (sic).

“Even though we the players do not get enough money for playing football since we are soldiers and we already get our government salaries, there is just a misunderstanding between the players and the management ,” said Kambindu.

Kambindu’s future is still in the hands of Mighty Gunners if he wants to move to another club, be it locally or abroad.

Early this year, there were reports that Kambindu was set to join another Namibian international player Wangu Gome in Armenia at Alashkert top flight football club.

“It all depends on Mighty Gunners as they are to decide on my clearance if I am to be a free agent and go for trials. The move to Alashkert did not materialise because Mighty Gunners was asking for lots of money for my transfer to Alashkert,” he explained.

Assistant coach at Mighty Gunners, Ludwig Iipumbu also confirmed the departure of Kambindu but would not dwell much on the matter.

“I can confirm that he has left but I do not know the reasons,” said Iipumbu.

Mighty Gunners is a club that is fully owned by the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) and the only military football club that is playing in the country’s top flight league since its promotion in 2014.

As part of monthly grants from NPFL, each club in the league is reportedly receiving N$18 000 to cover travelling, accommodation and allowance fees for the players.