Ndjavera “depressed” after missing final
Tigers and Brave Warriors right back, Romaria Ndjavera, says he has been suffering from “depression” after missing out on last weekend’s Standard Bank Super Cup final due to an ankle injury.
Ndjavera picked up the injury just two days before Tigers played African Stars in the final, which was played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
To his despair, the player watched from the sidelines as Tigers were being given a football lesson by their Katutura rivals.
Stars won the match 3-0 to claim the N$500,000 winners’ cheque.
Ndjavera’s absence was clearly visible on Saturday as most of African Stars attacks came from the left side.
Speaking in an interview this week, Ndjavera said he has had no sleep in the past few days.
“I have not been sleeping well these last few days because of what happened to me and the club.
“I had been looking forward to playing in that final, but things did not turn out well for me after sustaining an injury before what could have been one of my most important finals.
“Sometimes when you are sitting there, you just feel that you could have done something differently to put up a fight.
“However, I do not blame any of my teammates for losing the match because it was just not our day.”
An influential figure in Tigers’ league triumph last season, Ndjavera joined Orlando Pirates’ development side, Namib Colts, as a right winger in 2013 scoring 17 goals in the process.
He later joined second division side, Kaizen FC, in 2014 as a centre forward, scoring four goals during his short spell with the Khomasdal based outfit before making a move to his current club at the beginning of last season.
Tigers Coach Brian Isaacs admitted that Ndjavera’s absence was a blow for the team, but refused to link Tigers defeat to the upcoming star’s injury.
“Every player who picks up an injury before a game is a distraction, especially if he is always in your regular line-up.
“Ndjavera was a very good player throughout last season and missing him in the final of the Standard Bank Super cup was bad for us.
“However, that is not the reason why we lost the game, because we do not play as individuals, but as a team.
“The players just did not come to the party and Stars took advantage of our poor reading of the game and punished us with three goals,” Isaacs said.