Azam FC crosses swords with Yanga

13Aug 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC crosses swords with Yanga

THE battle for the signature of Azam FC's gifted midfielder, Salum Abubakary, has taken a new twist as the Chamazi-based side and Yanga are demanding an apology from each other.

Azam FC midfielder, Salum Abubakary. PHOTO; COURTESY OF AZAM FC

Yanga were interested in the services of the player, who is better known as 'Sure Boy', but their three offers were turned down by Azam FC, who claimed the offers did not meet the price of the player.

It all started on Tuesday morning when Azam FC, through the side's information officer Thabit Zakaria, issued a statement that they have withdrawn the midfielder from the transfer market after failing to get a suitable bid.

In the afternoon the same day, Zakaria went to the press alleging that a person from Yanga brought a letter purportedly to have been written by Abubakary demanding Azam FC to sell him to Yanga.

He said this is disrespectful to Azam FC and the outfit demanded an immediate apology from Yanga.

Zakaria could not disclose if the letter, purportedly from Abubakary, had the player's signature and his name, and the title of the person who brought the letter to his club.

“The issue of Abubakary joining another club is a closed chapter, he is training with his team mates to prepare for the coming season,'' the Azam FC official noted.

''But, to our surprise, a certain man came today with a letter, in the letter Abubakary is demanding the club to sell him to Yanga.''

''The messenger is the same person who has been bringing Yanga offers for our player. This really confused us all including the player who was with his team mates training, we are demanding an apology from them,” he said.

Several hours later, Hassani Bumbuli, Yanga information officer, distanced his club from the letter and demanded an apology from Zakaria.

He said it has now become a tendency for clubs to use Yanga to gain mileage on the social media.

The Yanga official gave his Azam FC counterpart up to yesterday to make the apology, failure of which he threatened to take unspecified action.

Bumbuli challenged Zakaria to name the person who brought the letter to Azam FC, suggesting that saying the particular man is a person from Yanga is not enough proof that the person was sent by the outfit.

“This is not true as Yanga were interested in the services of the player, but after our offers were rejected, we are now focusing on other alternative players,'' he disclosed.

''I'm demanding an apology from them. It has now become a tendency that teams (he did not mention names) are using us to gain mileage on social media.''

''They want to have many followers and likes using Yanga's fame, we will not allow this, if he will not issue an apology by tomorrow (yesterday) we will take an action which will serve as a lesson to others,” he said.

For almost five years in a row, Yanga have been interested in the services of Abubakary, who is also a senior national team's dependable midfielder.

However, this year, Yanga openly expressed their interest in the services of the player, but their offers were rejected as they were deemed to be on the lower side.

Both Azam FC and Yanga are in the process of rebuilding their teams after playing second fiddle to Simba SC in domestic competitions for three years in a row.

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