Azam FC opts to retain midfielder

12Aug 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC opts to retain midfielder

AZAM FC have withdrawn their midfielder Salum Abubakary from the transfer market after failing to get suitable bid for the player.

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

Abubakary, who is better known as 'Sure Boy', was on the market and Young Africans SC (Yanga) showed interest in signing the player but they failed to meet the price.

Azam FC information officer, Thabit Zakaria, confirmed the development and said the player has now joined his team mates to start preparations for the 2020/21 season which kicks of early next month.

He said Yanga were the only local club which publicly showed its interest in signing the diminutive midfielder but their 35m/- bid was rejected by his club.

“Salum Abubakary was on the market and Yanga were the local club which approached us, their first bid was 20m/- but it was rejected as it was on the lower side,'' the Azam FC official disclosed.

''They came again with 35m/- offer but again it was rejected as to us, the player is more than that amount, due to that we have withdrawn him from the market, he has joined his fellows in camp,” he said.

Yanga are in the process of rebuilding their team after playing second fiddle to their age old rivals, Simba SC, for three years in a row.

Yanga have so far released 14 players and, since the main transfer window period opened, the Jangwani Street-based outfit has been active on the market.

They have signed Waziri Junior from Mbao FC, Yassin Mustapha from Polisi Tanzania, Bakari Mwanyeto from Coastal Union, Zawadi Mauya from Kagera Sugar, Abdallah Shaibu 'Ninja', and Kibwana Shomari from Mtibwa Sugar.

They are also linked to roping in winger Deo Kanda from Simba SC, who was on loan from DR Congo's TP Mazembe, and former Azam FC midfielder, Farid Mussa, who was playing for CD Tenerife in Spain.

Sure Boy, who is also a senior and utility performer for senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars, had in the just ended season been a menace in the midfield for his club.

He played a crucial role in helping his side finish third in the 20-team league.

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