Citizens FC goal poacher, Upengisa Ujaha, is currently enjoying life in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) following a nightmarish 2017/18 season in which he only featured eight times and scored three goals because of injuries.
The league’s joint top goal scorer with six goals alongside Life Fighters’ marksman, Isaskar Gurirab, is proving to be a vital cog for his club which occupied third position heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
Ujaha has scored six of his team’s 11 goals so far this season and has made no secret about his desire to win the coveted golden boot award at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old striker joined Citizens from UNAM at the end of the 2015/2016 season in which he finished with 12 goals, five behind league top goal scorer, Terdius Uiseb of Orlando Pirates.
“It feels good to be joint top goal scorer at this stage, but it is still a long way to go. We have only played eight matches while other teams have played fewer matches,” Ujaha said this week in an interview with the Windhoek Observer.
He said he is not surprised by his goals.
“To be honest, I was expecting to score goals this season. As a striker, your dream is always to finish the season as top goal scorer and I am no different.”
A part-time Transport and Logistics student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Ujaha said he joined Citizens because their training schedule allows him to attend evening classes, something he did not manage to do at his previous club.
“At Citizens, we normally train between 1600hrs to 1800hrs while at UNAM training starts at 1800hrs,” he said.
Ujaha is a big admirer of former Brave Warriors great, Heinrich Isaacs, who played club football in South Africa notably at Maritzburg United and at Civics in the NPL.
Isaacs was top goal scorer at the end of the 2005-06 season, when his Civics team won the league title.
Ujaha said he still dreams of representing his country one day, but at the moment his focus is on helping his club finish in the top five or even win the league title.
“Playing for the national team is every player’s dream. As players we do talk about the title. Teams like African Stars, Black Africa, Tigers and Orlando Pirates are big in name only because the players at those clubs are the same players we have been playing with since when we were young.”
Ujaha was part of the Tura Magic team that gained promotion to the premier league in 2012.
The star-studded team had the likes of Peter Shalulile, who now plays for the Brave Warriors and for Highlands Park in the ABSA Premiership.
Last season, African Stars striker, Panduleni ‘Kaka’ Nekundi, finished as top goal scorer with 15 goals.
His exploits in front of goal also saw him being crowned the Player of the Season.