Remorseful Katjiukua begs for forgiveness
Suspended Brave Warriors defender Chris Katjiukua has apologized and wants in ahead of the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup quarterfinal clash against Botswana on Saturday at the tournament which started on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma stadium.
The remorseful Katjiukua was last week suspended from the Brave Warriors camp by Coach Ricardo Mannetti following his failure to return to the team’s base on Friday ahead of the 2017 CAF AFCON qualifiers against Niger on Saturday for which he was suspended with two yellow cards cautions.
The Golden Arrows defender was given off from Tuesday until Friday and was expected to be back in camp for moral support to the others that featured against Niger but only resurfaced last Monday, which did not go down well with coach Mannetti.
“I have let the team and the nation down by what I did and I now realize that it was something I should have not done. This team has to defend the COSAFA Cup and I want to play my part in achieving that dream. It is dream we had before I selfishly disappear and it is now up to the nation and the coach to forgive me as I remain and is ready and willing more than ever to be part of the team. If I don’t make the team it will add to the aguish I’m doing through and I will never forgive myself. I’m sincerely sorry”, an emotional Katjiukua says.
Katjiukua is still in talks with coach Mannetti to try and come back into the team ahead of the Warriors first assignment in the Cosafa Castle Cup defense as they face Botswana on Saturday, 18 June at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
“I helped the team to success last year and all this time I have had my mind set on being part of the team and making sure the team defends the title. I’m not the final decision maker but I can only hope that I’m given a second chance and fulfill my dream of helping the team. I do and will give 100 percent to the cause of my national team. My nation, my team can never be compared to anything else”, a teary Katjiukua says.