REIGNING Namibian Footballer of the Year Heinrich Isaacks will not be moving to African Stars as he still expects a response from South African first division side Jomo Cosmos, despite less than a week before the international transfer period closes.
Speaking exclusively to Windhoek Observer this week, Isaacks dismissed rumours of a possible move to the ambitious local outfit African Stars.
Football enthusiasts have spotted Isaacks training with African Stars, the team coached by Ali Akan, the man who arranged the Turkish trials for him.
Rumours are escalating that he will reunite with his former coach at Civics, Akan, and players such as Rudi Louw and Bradley Wermann, who joined Stars from double league champions Black Africa.
However, according to Isaacks, since African Stars started with their pre-season training about four weeks ago, he asked Akan to allow him to train with them and Stars has also shown interest in him.
“Civics only started training about last week while Stars started a long time back. It was just proper for me to keep myself fit and focused on my career [rather] than languishing at home doing nothing.
“Yes, Stars have shown interest but nothing has come [out of it] yet,” Isaacks explained.
He however added that he would not be able to join African Stars since they have many influential players that he would like to challenge on the opposite side.
“Look, Stars have brought in a good coach and many good players. If I do stay at home for next season, I have to be able to face these guys and not compete with them for places.
“We need this kind of competition and it is not good for all of us to join one team. There are also a lot of other issues you need to consider before making such a move.
“I love Civics, and if I have to leave for a local club, it has to be a well-thought out move, including all [these factors],” Isaacks elaborated.
Isaacks, the former Civics captain popularly known as Skapie, reiterated that he still has to wait for a response from Jomo Cosmos after he spoke to them and presented them with all they need to make a decision on his future.
“It has been some time now, but I’m still positive. Call me next week and I can give you a final answer on the matter,” Isaacks said.
Isaacks recently failed to seal a professional contract with Turkish side Elazigspor after he and the country’s leading marksman Jerome Louis of Black Africa failed to impress the technical team of the foreign side.