Burundian keeper targets move to Simba SC

20May 2020
Adam Fungamwango
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Burundian keeper targets move to Simba SC

BURUNDI's national football squad's keeper Jonathan Nahimana that plays for Mainland Premier League outfit, KMC FC, has disclosed he wishes to ply his trade at the league's other club, Simba, given the latter are eager to regularly take part in continental club competitions.

BURUNDI's national football squad's keeper Jonathan Nahimana

He stated the Msimbazi Street-based club also pays its players well.

In an interview with a Dar es Salaam radio station, Nahimana, who has put impressive displays throughout his stint at KMC FC, disclosed much as he has got several offers from in and outside Tanzania, he fancies playing for Simba.

He stated he has though yet to communcate with Simba officials.

"I'm targeting to feature for a more prominent side, I do not want to extend my contract with KMC FC, I want to play elsewhere,'' he stated.

He disclosed he has been presented with offers from clubs including Guinea champions AC Horoya, Zambia's Nkana FC, Mainland Premier League's Azam FC and Yanga but he has not sealed agreement with any of the mentioned outfits.

"Yanga wanted to pay me a salary which is almost like the one KMC FC pay me. I nevertheless had set out to move to Azam FC once the squad had hired coach Ettiene Ndayiragije but the plan did not come to fruition since the squad had foreign keeper, Razack Abalora, it was not possible for Azam FC to rope in two foreign keepers,'' he added.

''Ndayiragije told me I had to wait for the conclusion of the top flight season, given his contract with the side was set to end this season, the tactician, though, parted ways with Azam FC and the deal, for that matter, was forfeited.''

Nahimana's contract with KMC FC is set to end after the completion of this season's Premier League.

He disclosed he does not doubt his form because he learnt a lot from his participation in the 2019 African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals in Egypt with his country's national team.

He stated despite sustaining injury which had him miss out on several matches, he is in good form and he put in good displays in games he took part in.

Benjamin Sitta, KMC FC Board Chairman, pointed out Nahimana has showcased lack of professionalism given he is eager to play for Simba whereas he has running contract with KMC FC.

"I have not heard his comments, may be he was not understood. If he either wishes to feature for Simba or the club wants to rope him in, they have to follow proper channels,'' Sitta stated.

''Simba may as well wait for his contract to come to an end, a player is not expected to openly express his wish to feature for another club whereas he is still contracted to a certain club.''

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