African Stars spokesman and board member Beau Kauta on Wednesday announced that they had parted ways with coach Bobby Samaria by mutual consent after a meeting on Monday.
“We have parted ways with Bobby Samaria by mutual consent. There is no issue of being fired or having resigned, we just took a decision in the best interests of the club and decided to move forward,” he said.
Kauta expressed his appreciation for Samaria’s services and wished him well for the future.
“We appreciate what Bobby has done; he after all won the double for which we will be forever grateful. We wish him all the best for the future,” he said.
Kauta said that Samaria’s assistant coach Wagga Wagga Goagoseb would coach the team till the end of the season whereafter they would look for a new coach in time for the 2012/13 season.
Samaria joined Stars at the start of the 2008/09 season and took the club to unprecedented heights since Namibia’s independence in 1990.
In his first season in charge he guided Stars to the 2008/09 Premier League title and the following season he went one better as Stars retained the league title, while they did the ‘double’ by also winning the NFA Cup. It was the first, and so far, only time that a club has won the double since Namibia’s independence in 1990.
Black Africa has meanwhile taken over the mantle of Namibian champions after they won the Premier League title in 2010/11 while they recently won the league title for the second year in a row.
Samaria told Namibia Sport that he had stepped down in the interests of the club.
“Football is driven by results and they were not forthcoming, while the supporters also started to stay away so I put the interests of the club first. I explained the situation to the chairman and he talked to the Board of Directors, so we decided its best that we part ways by mutual consent,” he said.
Samaria said it had been a difficult decision, especially after having grown so close to the team in recent years.
“It was a very difficult decision to make. I’ve been with African Stars for four seasons and the players have become like my sons to me. I will forever be indebted to African Stars fro giving me this opportunity,” he said.
Samaria also thanked Stars’ manager Lesley Kozonguizi for his support.
“I said good bye on Monday and I shed a tear or two with the manager, who has been like a father to me.”
Samaria said the insulting behaviour of some fans had also contributed to his decision.
“Some of the supporters insulted me, thats OK, I can handle that, but when they started insulting the manager as well, I did not take kindly to that,” he said.
When pressed on Stars’ poor performance this season, Samaria said that other issues had played a role, although he did not want to mention them.
“There were things we did not do correctly and I know what went wrong, but this is not for public consumption. All I can say is that my leaving Stars will not solve these issues,” he said.
Samaria said he hoped to be back coaching soon.
“I will recharge my batteries now and my MD at work will now be a happy man. But coaching is in my blood and I hope to be coaching again soon,” he said.