Tura Magic’s Tjongarero calls it a day

WINDHOEK: The coach of Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Tura Magic Football Club (FC), Timo Tjongarero is stepping down from elite football coaching.

He said this during an interview with the media on Saturday after his side’s final game of the league against 2014/15 NPL league winners African Stars.

Tura Magic lost the game 2-3.

Tjongarero, who has been at the helm of the Katutura-based team since its days as a development academy some 10 years ago said the time has come for him to step down and allow the team management to appoint someone else to take over from him.

After starting up as a development academy, Tura Magic registered with the Second Division football were they spent a season before being promoted to First Division.

The team spent three more seasons in the First Division before joining the NPL in the 2012/13 football season.

“I am done coaching at this level. I will now probably concentrate on the development academy part. I really want to thank the club’s supporters, and everybody who has been part of our journey so far.

“Thank you very much for being part of the team, but for me this is it, I have to call it a day with NPL coaching,” said Tjongarero.

He added that the team’s management will now concentrate on who to bring in for next season with regards to the players and coaching staff.

“Ten years with one club is not easy, I made this decision of stepping down at the beginning of the season and informed all my players about my decision. People should not think I am stepping down because we lost to Stars today, it was a decision I took a long time ago,” he stated.

He also said that through the Tura Magic development academy, he will not be fully coaching the team although he will oversee the players’ growth and their promotion to the senior team.

Since joining the Premier League the team ended fifth in their maiden season, but Tjongarero stepped aside in the middle of the season to allow Woody Jacobs to coach the team.

In their second season of the NPL during the 2013/14 season, they ended sixth.

Jacobs left the team for African Stars and Bertus Bock took over during the same season.

Tura Magic then won the NPL cup with Bock before he stepped down for Tjongarero to take over as the caretaker coach for the team’s last games of the 2013/14 league season.

The 2014/15 season has been their best season to date, with the team ending in the top three on the log standing with Tjongarero as the head coach.

For the first time in their history, Tura Magic will walk away with a cash prize of N.dollars 300 000.