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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Yanga labour to fill coach`s gap

25th June 2012
Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee

Former Mainland champions Young Africans are still in search of a coach who would lead them to the Kagame Cup title retention bid in Dar es Salaam mid next month.

After failed bid to win Brazilian Marcio Maximo, Yanga shifted attention to Kenyan Jacob 'Ghost’ Mulee whose conditions have left the dark club at crossroads.

Mulee, the Kenyan domestic coach who led the country during the African Nations Cup finals in 2004, says the terms to join Yanga must be clear particularly the remuneration package.

He said through a telephone interview that beside a hefty package, he also needs to know for sure the source of the funds which has to be reliable.

He said a minimum of $10,000 is a consideration for him to join the Dar club which uses stand-in coach Fred Felix Minziro ahead of the Kagame Cup next month.

The Kenyan said his price tag to take the job is more than what Yanga is considering now.

Mulee says the remaining time for him to join the club before the Kagame Cup kicks off is too close and this move is highly risky for him.

The coach continues to narrate that any coach who take the deal must be risking his career and blames that would might unfold after the Kagame Cup.

“You only have to gamble to train a team going into such a high-profile championship with a limited time and having no option for players’ selection’ said Mulee.

He did not rule out the move to join Yanga but said he is nit sure whether the Tanzanian club would come into an agreement for his pre-set employment conditions.

Yanga had contracted Serbian coach Konstadin Papic up to the second half of the Mainland premiership when they parted ways on grounds of unpaid remuneration package.

The Serbian coach ended his contract without seeking for an extension to pave way for stand in coach Fred Felix Minziro. Minziro, a former devoted Yanga player led the team into a five-goal demolition at the hands of archrivals Simba in one of the worst ever defeat for the team in the past 18 years.

Pay disputes has dominated Yanga club for both players and officials such that the search for new coach has become a hard nut to crack assignment.

The Kagame Cup championship will attract more than tem clubs from the Council of East and Central African Football Association with a hefty prize package to the tune of $30,000 at stake. Yanga have won the title four times since the inauguration of the championship in 1974. They won in 1975, 1993, 1999 and last year. 

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