18 December 2012

Tanzania: Yanga's Berko Seals St Lupopo Move

CONGOLESE club FC Saint Eloi Lupopo has reportedly signed Ghanaian goalkeeper Yaw Berko from Tanzanian side Young Africans on a one-year deal.

The 32-year old towering shot stopper joins St Lupopo following a successful trial period with the Lubumbashi-based outfit.

Yanga General Secretary Lawrence Mwalusako confirmed the Ghanaian, who was playing for the Premier League giants on loan from Liberty Professionals FC, signed a one-year deal after impressing St Lupopo's coaching staff in training. His departure has paved the way for Rwandese midfielder Kabange Twite's move to Yanga.

The former APR defender has linked up with his twin brother Mbuyu Twite, who joined Yanga at the start of the season. Twite's arrival means that Yanga has completed five slots allotted for foreign players. The other imports include Rwandan midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, Burundian striker Didier Kavumbagu and Ugandan Hamis Kiiza.

Berko began his career with Liberty Professionals FC and was in January 2005 loaned out to Vietnamese top club Pisico Bình Ðịnh F.C. After 1 year he returned back to Liberty and in December 2009 left Liberty Professionals FC and joined Yanga.

The eagle-eyed custodian enjoyed a brilliant start to Yanga, winning best goalkeeper award in his first season at the club. But his fortune changed upside down and occasionally found himself at loggerheads with Yanga leaders, who accused him of malingering.

Yanga, who command the top flight league table with 29 points after 13 first round matches, have started preparations ahead of the second round scheduled to kick off next month. The CECAFA Kagame Cup champions are expected to board Istanbul-bound flight later this month for two-week training.

The tour aims at sharpening the team ahead of the second half of the Mainland premiership season that kicks off at the end of January. Besides the premiership, Yanga are also intending to shape up the squad for the Kagame Cup title retention bid mid next year.

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