Former Brave Warriors midfielder Collin Benjamin has parted ways with German second division club TSV 1860 München following his sudden resignation as the club’s assistant coach.
According to reports in Germany, Benjamin personally decided to terminate his employment contract with immediate effect, citing personal reasons. The German media have indicated no signs of internal squabbles at the club.
“I want to make it clear to all the fans that I’m not leaving because of a conflict or anything of that sort, but I just feel the time is right for me to move on and try new things. I mean I’m still a fairly young coach who can learn more. My time at TSV 1860 München was very interesting but the decision to leave the club is aimed at orientating myself differently,” dieblaue24.com quoted Benjamin as saying.
The 37-year-old Namibian ex-international officially hung up his boots when he last represented TSV 1860 München at the end of the 2011/2012 season before returning in 2013 to join the club’s youth academy coaching internship program.
In the 2013/2014 season Benjamin took charge of the club’s U/13 team and was in the 2014/2015 season promoted to be one of the assistant coaches at the club’s second team.
“We regret that Collins desired to leave the club but we however have to respect his wishes. Collin has a great personality and his professionalism was an important part of the coaching staff. We wish him all the best for the future and he will always be welcome at the club,” said TSV 1860 München Sporting Director Oliver Kreuzer.
Benjamin had stints with German lower division sides before he was snapped up by Bundesliga giants Hamburg FC and went on to represent Hamburg in the highly competitive European Champions League, rubbing shoulders with some of the finest footballers on the world stage, including the legendary Thierry Henry.
He also captained the Brave Warriors on several occasions, both in the regional Cosafa Cup and Fifa World Cup qualifiers, and was a valuable squad member of the Warriors team that narrowly lost 1-0 to hosts Ghana in the 2008 Afcon.
-Additional info: Sport1.de/tz.de