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Namibian striker joins PSL side

A highly-rated Namibian international striker Bethuel Muzeu has joined a PSL side ahead of the 2022/23 season. Muzeu will play his football in the Motsepe Foundation Championship after signing for Black Leopards who are looking to bounce back to the topflight.

The 22-year-old player told FARPost in an exclusive interview that he was finding his feet at Lidoda Duvha, saying he had received a hearty welcome from his teammates.

“It feels good to be here. I like it here. There is so much love from my new teammates. Going forward, our target is that we want to gain promotion to the top-flight league. We will try all our best,” he told FARPost.

Sources at the Limpopo-based side confirmed that they had tied down the Namibian international to a one-year contract with an option for an extension.

“The boy is indeed in our camp but for more details, talk to management,” the source told FARPost.

Efforts to talk to Leopards officials proved futile. Still, his agent Olsen Kahiriri told the New Era newspaper of Namibia that his client swayed Leopards coaches after a glowing showing at the recent Cosafa Cup held in Durban.

Kahiriri told the newspaper that the option for the extension of the contract after the initial one-year hinged on Lidoda Duvha’s promotion to the DStv Premiership at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

“We decided to first introduce him and his skills to professional football by signing for a first division team. This will also ease pressure on him and give him a chance to work his way up to the top,” Kahiriri is quoted as saying.

He said the player was excited at the prospect of playing in the South African league as he sought to raise his profile.

“He is in high spirits and confident when I spoke to him. He can’t wait to start the new season with Black Leopards. It’s a great move for him, given that there isn’t active football in this country, so we don’t want to waste his talent,” Kahiriri said.

Muzeu was a key member of the Brave Warriors of Namibia, who impressed neutrals after reaching the Cosafa Cup final, in which they lost 1-0 to Zambia. He was on target when Namibia beat Mozambique in the Cosafa Cup quarterfinal. 

Muzeu played for Namibian clubs such as Tura Magic, Tom, Jerry and Kasaona FA, leading them to the 2022 Ramblers-Bank Windhoek Under 21 inaugural tournament title while also emerging as the top scorer.

Muzeu also featured for Namibia in the 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He is set to fellow compatriots who donned the black and gold of Leopards, such as Congo Hindjou, Quinton Jacobs, Costa Khaiseb, Hartman Toromba, and Ephraim Tjihonge and Chris Katjiukua.

Leopards are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to return to South Africa’s top-flight league after spending years in the second-tier division.

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