THE Namibia Premier League on Wednesday confirmed that Tigers' talismanic captain Absalom Iimbondi has moved to Botswana in search of game time. Botswana Premier League side Mochudi Centre Chiefs announced the move on their Facebook page on Tuesday, stating that Iimbondi had been signed on a seven-month loan from the Namibian champions. His International Transfer Certificate has been released, the NPL said. Iimbondi, who has taken little time to endear himself to his new employers, is among 10 new players signed by the club as they bid to steer clear of relegation. Centre Chiefs stated that the reigning Namibian player of the season and players' player of the season “brings a new dimension to our team”, and that the “attacking midfielder-cum winger has impressed so far at training”.The club is currently 11th on the 16-team log, two points ahead of third-bottom Sankoyo Bush Bucks, who occupy the last relegation spot.
Iimbondi is the second Tigers player to move abroad this month, following defender Willem Mwedihanga's free transfer to South African Premiership outfit Platinum Stars, where two other compatriots – strikers Benson Shilongo and Henrico Botes – ply their trade. The moves come at the height of the never-ending period of inactivity and uncertainty surrounding the domestic game. With the football season expected to belatedly start with the 2017 DebMarine Namibia Cup next month, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) opened the transfer period on Monday, 23 January. However, there has been little activity in the market. “No clubs have yet come to register players. So far, those two transfers [Iimbondi and Mwedihanga] abroad are the only ones to have taken place,” said NPL's front desk and registration officer, Lorraine Gowases. [namibian.com.na]