Isaacks powers UNAM to Debmarine Cup semis….rules out return to national team
Isaacks who has 32 caps for the Brave Warriors was last selected for the national team in 2016 during a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers match away to Burundi.
The Brave Warriors won 3-1, but he did not feature in that match.
Last Saturday, he scored one goal to help his club beat Blue Waters 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Debmarine Cup, a first for the club.
Standing in UNAM’s way to a first major cup final is Black Africa, who are also in search of their first Namibia Football Association (NFA) cup triumph since 2004.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Isaacks (33) said he wants to help UNAM become a big club like African Stars, Black Africa and Tigers, adding that can only become a reality if his underachieving club wins major trophies, starting with the Debmarine Cup this year.
“The target for this season is to go all the way in the cup competition and the players know that very well as people have been criticizing the team.We can do it (win Debmarine Cup),” said Isaacks who also played club football in Europe for Danish club SønderjyskE, Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership in South Africa and Civics locally.
The veteran goatee-bearded midfielder has had an illustrious career.
He was part of the Brave Warriors squad that won the 2015 edition of the COSAFA Cup, and has scored five times for the national team.
He scooped the prestigious Namibia Premier League Player of the Season Award in 2012, after a near flawless display for both club and country.
Asked if he still wants to play for the Brave Warriors in the near future, Isaacks said he was not interested.
“The Burundi match was the last time I was in the national team. I told Mannetti that I want to give younger players a chance to play. I am currently done with the national team. My focus is just UNAM. Even if I am called-up, I will not go. I did what I could for the national team and I want to thank Mannetti for the good work he is doing,” Isaacks said.
The final of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup will be played this May and the overall winner will walk away with N$500,000 while the losing finalist will receive N$ 250,000 and each losing semi-finalist N$150,000.