AFRICAN STARS’ current best player and reigning Junior Footballer of The Year, Edison ‘Masinga’ Muheua has no hard feelings about being dropped from the local troops that will make up the Brave Warriors’ training camp next Monday.
The hard-running right winger said that although it was painful not to be included in the national team, he would continue to work hard until he finally receives his national call up, “And once I am in, no one will take me out,” said the Stars’ enforcer.
Masinga has been in top form recently, catalysing Stars’ recent revival as favourties for the league title. His teammates, goalie Max Mbaeva, defenders Chris Katjiukua and Denis Ngueza, and midfielders Jamu Ngatjizeko, Ninja Karongee, Rudi Louw and Wesley Katjiteo all made the grade and were welcomed into the local troupe.
Stars have the highest envoy in the camp followed by Arrows and Pirates with 5 players each. “The first name I thought to hear in the squad was Chippa-Masinga. But the coach has the final say and I hope next time he gets his opportunity,” said Stars coach Bobby Samaria.
National coach Tom Saintfiet said that the Stars’ number 15 might be dropped but was not out of his consideration.
“I have 51 home-based players in mind and 30 on this list. I don’t want the players not selected to be desperate. I have seen more football than any other journalist in this country and I know what I am doing. Number 15 is on my list (of 51),” said the coach.
It appears that the coach chose Pirates’ Under 17 hotshot, Sydney Urikhob ahead of Masinga. “Sydney is the next Colin Benjamin in this country,” he said.
Notably, log leaders SKW only have one player in the national squad, giant midfielder Marco Van Wyk. Nicknamed after South African forward Phil Chippa Masinga, Muheua (21) was also excluded by Arie Schans, who preferred Ngueza when Namibia lost 1-3 to Malawi at home, in early 2008.
He has 6 caps in the Under 20 despite being overlooked by technical teams, who continued to exclude him before Informanté questioned their reasoning.