24 June 2012

Tanzania/Ghana: Asamoah, Yanga Part Ways

MAINLAND giants, Yanga, have finally decided to officially release Ghanaian striker, Kenneth Asamoah, after the latter had served the club for two seasons.

Reports from Super Sport website revealed on Saturday that Asamoah has reached an agreement with Yanga on his release, and Yanga will pay compensation for terminating Asamoah's contract which he signed last season.

The 24-year joined Yanga from Serbian side, FK Jagodina, in 2010, and he scored a memorable winner against Simba in 2011 CECAFA Kagame Cup final.

Asamoah won the 2010/11 Mainland Premier League title with Yanga, and finished last season with ten goals as his side settled for the third position behind champions, Simba, and runners-up, Azam FC. The Ghanaian departure has given Yanga opportunity to rope in new players to bolster the striking force, in which striker, Said Bahanuzi, has been recruited from another Mainland Premier League side, Morogoro's Mtibwa Sugar.

Yanga has also retained local lad, Jerryson Tegete, and Ugandan, Hamisi Kiiza, with the latter having enjoyed plenty of first team action last season. The Jangwani Street side is also said to be eyeing Rwanda international, Meddy Kagere, who also plays for Rwanda's Police FC.

Yanga Information Officer, Louis Sendeu, however, declined to have information on the termination of Asamoah's contract, saying the players' registration exercise is under the club's player registration committee. The club has also kept mum on recent reports that it is negotiating with Azam FC on swapping midfielder, Nurdin Bakari for Azam's striker, Mrisho Ngasa, apart from paying Azam some amount of cash.

Sendeu told 'Sunday News' he was not ready to comment anything on the swap deal unless he was informed of the original source of the reports. "You should first tell me from which source did you get the report, then I will be ready to talk about the issue," said Sendeu.

A member of Yanga's player registration committee, Seif Ahmed, also denied the reports, saying his club has no plan to swap Bakari for Ngasa. Yanga started training at Kaunda Stadium, located at the club's headquarters in the city, last week, to prepare for the forthcoming Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Club Championship, popularly known as Kagame Cup, scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam from July 14-29, this year.

Sendeu said only two players, midfielders Rashid Gumbo and Bakari, did not attend the training sessions as they are sidelined with injuries. He added that the team's caretaker coach, Fred Felix 'Minziro', is the one to decide on when should the team start playing friendly matches to shape up for the regional event.

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