By Sport reporter
DESERTED Finland-based midfielder Willy Stephanus pleads for forgiven from Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, Namibia Footfall Aassoction (NFA) and the entire nation for his misdemeanor that led to his axing from the national team since 2016.
Affectionately known as ‘Awillo” the exciting midfielder now appears to want to smoke the peace pipe with coach Ricardo Mannetti and now offers a public apology.
In June 2016, Stephanus requested to be released from camp to attend trials in Vietnam, ahead of the 2016 Cosafa Cup in Windhoek. His antics were reminiscent of his behavior during the same period in 2015 when he parted ways with the Brave Warriors in the CHAN competition. Stephanus only featured in the first leg against Zambia only to disappear for the second leg.
“What I did back then was so much disrespectful towards you and the rest of the technical team. I think I was too scared that if stayed and help my country I will never have gotten the opportunity to play professional football at all. Therefore, I would like to apologise for taking off the way I did” a remorseful Stephanus said.
Stephanus, 27, added that playing for the national team will and had always been his goal for as long as he could remember and would like to be considered again for the national team squad.
“For my poor choices I made back then, I absolutely take full responsibility for my selfish actions and terrible pain I have caused the coach, the association and the entire nation of my beloved country Namibia. I remained the son of the soil and still have some years left in me to contribute to our national team”, stateed Stephanus who now play for AC Kajaani in Finland.
Mannetti welcomes Stephanus apology and stressed that “It takes a real man to recognise that one is wrong and even a stronger man to apologise. I am glad we can put this behind us and concentrate as all Namibians on AFCON qualification,”
NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro said Stephanus’ gesture need to be appreciated.
“The boy owns up to his mistake and that means a lot and all deserve a second chance in life. He has shown that he’s a strong man by choosing to close a door on an unpleasant past for future possibilities to serve his country”.
The Brave Warriors will host Zambia at Sam Nujoma Stadium on 8 September at 16h00.
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