7 February 2013

Tanzania: Manji Admits Yanga Mistake On Twite's Transfer

YOUNG Africans Chairman, Yusuf Manji has admitted that the club made a mistake in the transfer of Rwandan midfielder, Kabange Twite from FC Lupopo of DR Congo.

Kabange joined Yanga during the mini-transfer window last November, in a swap deal that saw Ghanaian goalkeeper Yaw Berko moving to the other side on loan.

But the player's transfer was blocked by FIFA after the world football governing body noticed disparity in the information entered by the two clubs through Transfer Matching System (TMS).

"There was a mistake. The details we entered, especially the names of the player, did not match with those entered by FC Lupopo," Manji declared. He blamed communication breakdown caused by language barrier, saying officials of the Congolese club could only communicate in French language.

The Yanga boss revealed that Berko is back at the Jangwani Street-based club as they continue negotiation with their Congolese compatriots to resolve the matter. "We're unwinding the process, we're trying to communicate with FC Lupopo so that we can solve this issue amicably," he said, insisting that Berko will end up at Lupopo.

The Yanga chairman said head coach Ernie Brandts decided to drop Berko in favour of Kabange as the Dutch sought to improve the team's striking force. "The coach was confident Kabange would help solve the striking problem when he links up with his twin brother, Mbuyu Twite," he said.

Meanwhile, Manji has challenged leaders and fans of top flight clubs to think beyond their club ties ahead of the coming Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL board) election. Fourteen top flight clubs are set to vote into power the first ever leadership of the newly established TPL board, in an election scheduled for February 24, this year.

Manji, one of the aspiring candidates for the TPL board chairmanship post, is concerned with aligned groups that have arisen ahead of the election, which will be held alongside the much-awaited Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) general elections.

"The Premier League board was established with a good faith, but what I can see now is that there are aligned group that are formed. These groups are not good for the development of football and our clubs. "Let's go beyond club alliances, we should ask ourselves what our common goals are and see how we can achieve them," urged Manj

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