The transfer of Mrisho Ngasa to join Sudanese top flight side of El-Merreikh has raised controversy as Simba Sports Club is disputing the move.
Ngasa, who featured for Azam during the previous premiership season, has been sold to the Sudanese Club in a deal that was sealed early this week with a price tag of $75,000.
The player, who features for Mainland champions Simba, would join the Sudanese club after Azam had sanctioned the transfer.
Simba’s chairman of players’ registration Zachariah Hans Pope and club chairman Ismail Aden Rage are strongly disputing the football transaction.
The Simba officials claim any deal related to Ngasa should have been affected by Simba and not any other club since he is their player.
Ngasa has a valid contract with Azam up to the end of the ongoing premiership season but was transferred to Simba on loan deal.
Simba parted with 25m/- to acquire the services of the player whom they say the club is also footing remuneration package and other fringes to maintain him since he joined them last July.
Rage says since Simba has paid 25m/- to Azam, and the ‘loan transfer’ has ceased to exist as long as Azam received the money.
The Simba chairman continues to say that since the club meets Ngasa’s remuneration package, then he is a bonafide Simba player.
However, Azam’s team manager Patrick Kahemele said Ngasa has a valid contract with his club and any transfer deal should be affected by the ice-cram makers and not Simba.
Azam posted in their club’s official website the transfer deal that was concluded early this week to sale Ngasa to El Merreikh.
Mereikh contacted Ngasa in Kampala where the player is featuring for the ongoing Senior Challenge Cup championship whose final will be played tomorrow.
Not much is known on what transpired between Ngasa and El-Mereikh as the player says he should be left free to focus his attention on the championship.4
Ngasa, who is a regular Taifa Stars and Kilimanjaro Stars first choice player, was expected to play against Uganda in the Challenge cup semifinal later yesterday.
The player was equally sharing ten goals with striking partner John Bocco ahead of later yesterday’s semifinal.
Ngasa used to feature for Young Africans before joining Azam in a transfer deal that involved about 98m/-, the highest in domestic clubs transfers.
Azam put Ngasa on loaned transfer that had a fee of 25m/ paid by Simba after a row erupted when the player kissed Young African’s jersey soon after Azam cruised into the 2012 Kagame Cup final berth defeating AS Vita in Dar es Salaam.
Whether the sale of the player was an outright as claimed by Simba or a loaned one still brings a cloud of uncertainty as the transfer saga is just taking shape.
Ngasa becomes the second Tanzanian player to join a Sudanese Club after former Simba goalkeeper Idd Pazi was transferred to Al Hilal at the end of 1984.