Namibia Premier League giants, Black Africa (BA) coach, Lucky Richter, has resigned from the position he took over in November last year, to focus more on his business, the club said this week.
Richter broke the news of his resignation to the Windhoek Observer last week Friday.
His resignation came barely two days after the club lost its team manager, Salimi Shikulo, who passed away on 1 August.
Richter was appointed coach after the resignation of Otto Landsberg, and guided the club to a second place finish last season behind league champions African Stars.
Assistant coaches Arnold Subeb and Alfie Ndyenge will be stand-in coaches for the time being while the club hunts for a new coach.
Black Africa executive member, Boni Paulino, told the Windhoek Observer that Richter resigned to concentrate on his farming business.
Paulino, however, said the club is eager to offer Richter another role within the club on a part-time basis.
“Lucky is an entrepreneur and it is difficult for one to sacrifice their lives for football. We were not really surprised when Lucky resigned because we asked him to assist us,” Paulino said.
Black Africa have won the NPL title for a record 10 times with their last league victory coming in 2014.
The club made history when it won four successive league titles in 2011-2014, while other league honours were achieved in 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999.
The club is yet to start with training ahead of the new season.
The NPL is still to announce the date when the 2018/19 season will start with Paulino, who is also the NPL vice chairperson, saying the date will only be decided after the completion of the two northern first division leagues that are still ongoing.
“We already had a date for the start of the league, but since the northern streams are not yet concluded we are unable to have our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The league will be delayed, but not for long,” Paulino said.