Senior national football team player Peter Shalulile is among the top 10 players to watch out for at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup this year.
The regional tournament will be held in Windhoek from 11 to 25 June at the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums.
Shalulile was voted Man of the Match for his performance in the final of the Cosafa Cup against Mozambique, which Namibia won 2-0.
The ‘Brave Warriors’ forward also scored a crucial goal against Madagascar in an earlier match of the tournament held in the North East Province of South Africa.
Cosafa said in a statement availed on Wednesday the top 10 players “will mesmerise the world with a glimpse of the best up-and-coming talent in the southern African region over two weeks of intense competition”.
It said the Namibian team has immense potential and exciting young talent.
Singling out left-winger Shalulile, 23, it said the player is being targeted by a number of top-flight Premier Soccer League clubs, including Mamelodi Sundowns, and is almost certain to appear in that league next season.
Shalulile currently plays for South African side Highlands Park in the National First Division.
“A strong showing at the Cosafa Castle Cup on home soil will only add to his growing reputation,” read the statement.
About his accolades, Shalulile expressed gratitude, and promised to work harder and keep his name and country on the ‘football map’.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that people are watching me, it means that I am working hard. I love what I do,” he said.
Other players who made the list are Sarivahy Vombola (Madagascar); Tendai Ndoro (Zimbabwe); Frank Mhango (Malawi); Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia); Jacinto Muondo Dala better known as ‘Gelson’ (Angola); Keagan Dolly (South Africa); Segolame Boy (Botswana); Jonathan Bolingi (DR Congo); and Felix Badenhorst (Swaziland).
Namibia’s Wangu Gome, who was selected Cosafa Player of the Tournament, does not feature on the list.