Wonderkid Tjiueza in Turkey for trials
By Michael Uugwanga
FORMER U-20 national team player and Brave Warriors striker Prins Tjiueza is in Turkey for trials at an unnamed club, barley a month after the 19-year-old made his debut for the Brave Warriors against Guinea in an 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
This was confirmed by his parent club Sailors F.C of Walvis Bay this week.
Tjiueza was the star player for the country’s men U-20 team that reached the 2020 U-20 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament that was held in South Africa, of which he helped Namibia reach the final of the competition before losing to Mozambique 1-0.
Despite losing in the final, Namibia went on to qualify to the 2021 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations tournament that was held in Mauritania in February.
Tjiueza made his debut when he came on for Willy Stephanus in the last few minutes of the match which Namibia won 2-1, thanks to two goals from Peter Shalulile after an early goal from Guinea’s Mamadou Kane in the 17 minute of the match.
Speaking to Confidente Sport, Sailors chairman, Charles Muukua said he was only informed of the move by the player’s new agent African Stars Management (ASM) International.
“All I can say is that he (Tjiueza) is in Turkey for trials but the agent refused to tell me the name of the club, even the father does not want to tell me. The agent recently told me that Tjiueza played a friendly match for the club (Turkish club) and assisted for a goal.
“Tjiueza has been with us since he was like 11 years and played for us in the first division in the 2017/2018 season when I bought the status of Flamingo F.C, but before that he played for Spoilers in the second division.
Before playing for Spoilers and Flamingo I sent him to play for Young United Academy so that he could gain exposure,” said Muukua.
Ironically, ASM international is also an agent to another Namibian international Ananias Gebhardt , who played professional football in the DSTV Premiership in South Africa for Baroka F.C.
According to Muukua, it is Brave Warriors player Gebhardt, who linked up ASM International with Tjiueza on March 28 when Namibia was playing against Guinea.
“It is Gebhardt who linked up Tjiueza with ASM after the Guinea match. Tjiueza was supposed to have been in the US for trials but things did not work out because the transfer window at the time had closed and then came Covid-19 and the lockdown,” said Muukua.