Nabi calls for patience at Yanga ahead of 2021/22 season

27Sep 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
Nabi calls for patience at Yanga ahead of 2021/22 season

YANGA's head coach, Mohamed Nabi, has expressed dismay at the Mainland Premier League regulation demanding clubs to use eight foreign players in league matches.

Yanga's Tunisian head coach, Nasreddine Nabi. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

The Tunisian coach pointed out he though must respect the regulation that has recently been set by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

Nabi noted: "I wish I could use all 28 players as much as I can, I have 28 players but I can only start eight foreign players, I know I have to respect the regulations set by TFF, and use the players that are fit and deserving to play.''

Asked about players likely to start in the Premier League, Nabi revealed that, as a professional coach, it is hard and never possible to disclose players set to find their way into his lineup on the matchdays.

The Tunisian coach moreover asked his side's members and supporters to be patient towards the new season as they have a good squad for the new season and, when the team has a good connection, it will be a big threat.

He also thanked the Yanga officials for registering quality footballers as well as being patient when the results are not satisfactory, including being eliminated from the 2021/22 CAF Champions League's first preliminary round.

"We have a highly competitive group of players, we just need to be happy, I know Yanga fans deserve to be happy, but they have to be patient, and once this squad is well connected is going to be a very competent team in Tanzania," Nabi revealed.

"I want to thank GSM Group's boss, Gharib Mohamed, Hersi Said, the club's Chairman, Mshindo Msolla, for their sacrifice and giving their all for this team," Nabi noted.

In terms of injuries, Nabi hinted that players like Balama Mapinduzi who missed last season, and Yassin Mustafa who was out for six months before the end of the season, will need to undergo light training before returning to competitive form.

He disclosed: "They have been out for a long time I can't give them a chance to play tomorrow (Saturday)'s game (against Simba) because they are not 100% fit heading into this game.''

''They need to follow physical fitness training programs and when they a fit they will be back into contention.''

Yanga beat Simba 1-0 in the Community Shield clash, played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Saturday, which signaled the beginning of the 2021/22 season.

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