Shitembi ready to bust a move for Turtles


No time to lose: Shitembi gets down to work with his new club. — Photo by Terengganu FC

PETALING JAYA: From Kota Kinabalu with love to Kuala Terengganu with hope, Petrus Shitembi continues to dance his way into Malaysian football.

The Namibian international, who got the nickname Dancing Shoes when he was playing in the South African League a few years ago, has penned a one-year deal with Super League giants Terengganu.

The creative playmaker, who is known for his deft left foot deliveries and intricate dribbling skills during his time in Sabah, will be tasked to replace talismanic Lee Tuck, who has joined their east coast rivals Pahang.

The 28-year-old Shitembi said he had received several offers from Malaysia and Africa, but felt that joining the Turtles was the right choice.

“I moved because of the club’s ambition, and obviously as a footballer, I too have personal ambitions and one of them is to compete at the very top level, ” said Shitembi.

“Terengganu had an amazing squad who did well last season. They lost some key players after the season ended but still have a crop of really talented youngsters. And the technical team know how to blend them with the more experienced players.

“Nafuzi (Zain) is a good coach. From what I’ve seen, they are always strong contenders for the league title. They finished third this season, and with a place in the AFC Cup, we will definitely be going into the new next year with determination.

While ready to start on a new journey, he has not forgotten about his time in Sabah.

“Where do I start, man! My time there was one of the amazing memories of my career. I just want to say how grateful I am to them, firstly for the opportunity they gave me, ” said Shitembi.

“I’m where I’m now because of them, I’m truly thankful to them. I can only wish them the very best for the new season.”

Terengganu have also announced the signing of Filipino international Carli De Murga and it is learnt that Makan Konate (Guinea), David Da Silva (Brazil) and Christopher Herd (Australia) are expected to join them soon.

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