SUDAN'S giants El Merreikh have cancelled plans to sign Taifa Stars wing wizard, Mrisho Ngassa.
The club's Information Officer Sheikh Iddrisa, who was in Dar es Salaam in an attempt to finalize the deal was left fuming and disappointed by Ngassa's act and refused to go ahead with any other deal involving Tanzanian players.
Initially, reports emerged that El Merreikh have shifted their focus on signing Simba's playmaker, Mwinyi Kazimoto as a replacement of Rwandan and Yanga midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, who had also turned down an offer to join the Sudanese side.
On Tuesday, both Simba and Azam FC amicably agreed to release Ngassa to El Merreikh, after days of heated arguments regarding which team had the rights to own the player.
El Merreikh had tabled an initial offer of $75,000 (about 120m/-), which shot up to $100,000 (about 160m/-), which was to be shared equally by both Simba and Azam FC.
The 18-times Sudanese Champions offered Ngassa $4000 (about 6m/-) per month. It was also reported that Ngassa was set leave for Khartoum soon after the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament last weekend to undergo medical before finalizing his move.
But such agreement was left abashed after Ngassa reportedly disappeared in thin air and reports had it that he has signed for his former club, Young Africans. "He could not answer his phone calls when officials from both Simba and Azam FC tried to reach him to finalize the deal...this is shame to a player of his stature," lamented Sheikh Iddrisa.
The Msimbazi Street side paid Azam 25m/- for Ngassa's loan services from Azam FC at the beginning of the 2012/13 Vodacom Premier League and are paying him a monthly salary of 2m/-. Simba also reportedly offered Ngassa with a brand new car.
When reached for comments yesterday Simba's Vice-Chairman, Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' confirmed to the 'Daily News' yesterday El-Merreikh have not made any approach to sign Kazimoto as a replacement of Niyonzima and Ngassa. However, he confirmed that Simba have signed a two-year deal with Uganda Cranes first choice shot stopper Abbey Dhaira.
He is joining Simba from his former Icelandic club side IBV FC. Meanwhile, former Tusker FC defender Jockins Atudo has officially signed a one year deal with Tanzania's Azam FC. Atudo arrived in Dare salaam on Wednesday morning where he finalized on the talks before signing the agreement that will see him join Azam with immediate effect.
He will join the team for his first assignment as an Azam player this weekend when they travel to Democratic Republic of Congo for an invitational tournament that will also feature TP Mazembe and Lupopo.
Tusker FC team director Charles Obiny who accompanied the player to Dar es Salaam on Wednesday told michezoafrika.com that, "The player is happy and the two parties have agreed to a one year term. He is comfortable and we wish him well.
He delivered very memorable services to our team for the past four years and because he has been given far much better personal terms than we could offer him, we are happy for him," Obiny said.