Katjiukua joins Highlands as Namibia gets Zimbabwe in the CHAN qualifiers
Former African Stars and Brave Warriors reliable defender Chris Katjiukua has reportedly joined Premier league (PSL) club Highland Park after he was released by Golden Arrows in January and the local Brave Warriors will face Zimbabwe in the 2018 CHAN Qualifiers.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has confirmed that Katjiukua has joined compatriot Peter Shalulile at the PSL new boys, after he was released by Durban side Golden Arrows, where he has been since joining with Deon Hotto in 2014. Compatriot goalkeeper Max Mbaeva remains at Arrows.
“Chris is a great central defender and It’s pity he was deemed surplus to requirements at Arrows. He was been a good servant of the club but in football nothing is predictable and so he had to move on. I’m glad he found a club and he remains key to our 2019 AFCON qualification goal”, Mannetti states.
The coach adds that he is confident Katjiukua will get game time at the PSL strugglers Highlands Park. “The Lions of the North”, Park are on 15 points from 13 games played and placed 15th on the 16-teams log and their next game will be on February, 07 at Cape Town City.
“For Gordon (Igesund) to sign him midseason means a lot. He can add value to the new team and he can help the team avoid the drop. He is so great reader of the game”.
Brave Warriors gets Warriors in CHAN Qualifiers
Meanwhile, CAF has announced the draw for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and the Brave Warriors will play Zimbabwe in the second round with the winner to face either Lesotho or Comoros in the road to Kenya 2018.
The Brave Warriors will host Zimbabwe local based players in the second round of qualifiers on the weekend of 15-16 July, and the second leg in Zimbabwe will be played between 21-23 July 2017.
“We have to up our preparations than the previous times because our players are not active. Intense training will make the situation better. We have to do things out of the box with our training plan and I can only hope for uncompromising support from all stakeholders in this regard”, Mannetti says of the CHAN qualifiers.
The fifth edition of the CHAN tournament will be held in Kenya between 11 January and 2 February 2018.