African Warriors sign Ephraim Tjihonge ahead of kick-off
Posted: 10 August 2011 Time: 20:36
African Warriors have quietly snapped up former Black Leopards goalkeeper Ephraim Tjihonge as they prepare for the start of the First Division season this weekend against Vasco da Gama at Parow Park.
The 25-year-old spent three years with Leopards before returning to Namibia two years ago, but has now returned to join Warriors where he will play as a non-foreigner.
Warriors have retained 15 players from last season’s squad, but have discarded several former PSL players, including Abram Nteo, Innocent Ntsume, Shaun Oliver and Aaron Lepele.
The three foreigners that the club has kept for this season are Ange Lebahi (Ivory Coast), Mbemba Sylla (Guinea) and Jimmy Zakazaka (Malawi).
Veteran striker Bulelani Matross has been appointed the new captain in a team that will have Vladislav Heric retaining his post as head coach, with Joel Masutha as assistant.
Warriors boss Jabu Khumalo believes they have assembled a squad strong enough to challenge for promotion, despite the new rule stipulating that clubs field five Under-23 players in every game.
“We are confident of challenging for promotion despite the hardships that we have faced with the rule that has come in that we have five Under-23 players at every moment on the field,” says Khumalo.
Khumalo, who also sits on the First Division committee, adds that a Board of Governors meeting will definitely be held before the end of the month where issues around the Under-23 players will be ironed out.
Several clubs have expressed their concern about the application of the new rule which they are being forced to align with as it one of the conditions set by a new sponsor.
“Right now communication regarding regulations has been sent to the clubs but I have to admit that there hasn’t been a BoG meeting as yet. But we have made representations to the PSL and they have agreed to a meeting so that everyone can have questions addressed,” says Khumalo.