Namungo coach denies Yanga contact

29Jul 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Namungo coach denies Yanga contact

NAMUNGO FC head coach, Thierry Hitimana, has been heavily linked with a move to Young Africans SC (Yanga), however, the former Burundian international has denied the reports.

NAMUNGO FC head coach, Thierry Hitimana

After leading Namungo FC into top flight promotion last season, Hitimana guided them into a respectable fourth place finish in their top flight debut season.

He has led them into a memorable Azam Sports Federation Cup Final, earning them a continental ticket next season.

Namungo FC will represent Tanzania in the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup, as the former's opponents in the Federation Cup final, Simba, will play in the top tier of continental club tournaments.

Hitimana was touted as a replacement for Yanga assistant coach, Boniface Mkwasa, who had a frosty relationship with head coach Luc Eymael who parted ways with the club on Monday.

The former Biashara United coach had a close working relationship with Eymael while the two were both in charge at Rwandan club, Rayon Sports.

A day after the sacking of Eymael at Yanga, Hitimana who is contracted with Namungo FC until the end of the season, has rejected claims the Jangwani Street club are actively pursuing him for a possible role in the team next season.

He stressed that the stories amounted to nothing more than speculations.

He stated; “ I have no contacts with Yanga. I have read and heard the news in the media just like others. At the moment I am focused on the Federation Cup final against Simba. I have to serve as an employee of the club till the end.”

Namungo are in talks to tie down Hitimana to a new contract but he explained that proper negotiations will only take place after the Federation Cup final on Sunday.

“The contract issue will only come after the final. The league is over but not the season which only ends after the Federation Cup final. Then we will sit down and talk on the way forward,” he noted.

On his side's preparation for the final, Hitimana has revealed injury concerns with six players who could miss the final.  

Namungo FC has seen a string of players pick up injuries since the restart, with key strikers Reliants Lusajo and Bigirimana Blaise all missing games in the closing rounds of the campaign.