New signings to watch out in 2021/22 season      

23Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
New signings to watch out in 2021/22 season      

ANY league in the world would suffer from losing three of its biggest superstars in the space of a single transfer window, so it is understandable when some fear that Tanzania's prominent soccer sides, Simba SC and Young Africans SC, alias Yanga, would somehow struggle.

Tanzania's Yanga midfielder, Yannick Bangala (L), dribbles past Nigeria's Rivers United FC player when the sides faced off in this season's CAF Champions League preliminary round's return leg, which took place in Port Harcourt on Sunday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

 

Big shoes must be filled, but the transfer market has delivered some absolute gems.

Whether they are new arrivals to the Tanzanian Premier League, or players making the switch from one local club to another, there's been some extremely exciting action in the window.

Sixteen clubs will battle it out, with title to be won, the continental club competitions' tickets to be secured and relegation to be avoided, and here are some of the best transfers in Tanzania Premier League to look out for as the season kicks off early next week with three games on the first day of action.

Pape Sakho

Simba SC fans were sorry to see Miquissone sold to Egypt's Al Ahly but in 24-year-old left-winger Sakho they have a player who potentially could make an even bigger impact.

He was signed by Simba SC from Senegal's Teungueth after impressing in the CAF Champions League group stage where he scored one goal and assisted two.

The Senegalese could prove to be an astute piece of business, giving head coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa, a different midfield option. He had a great pre-season with the club. 

Djuma Shaban

After impressing in the CAF Champions League group stage with DR Congo AS Vita last season, the clamour for the signing of right-back Djuma Shaban meant that he was one of the most chased players by Tanzanian top clubs. Yanga won that race in July. 

Djuma is one of the most dangerous attacking players from a defensive starting position across Africa.

His skill set will be a welcome addition to Mohamed Nabi’s side in the 2021/22 season as they look to mount a credible title challenge.

Idris Mbombo

After playing in Egypt for one season with El Gouna, Idris Mbombo has taken the next step in his career and signed at Azam FC to spearhead their attack for the 2021/22 season.

The 26-year-old Congolese forward will be a key player in 2021/22 as Azam FC looks to improve on third place.

Although his career has gone downhill a bit, he will be looking for a fresh start. His reunion with the coach, George Lwandamina, will be a crucial part.

Heritier Makambo

For the first time in over a decade, Yanga failed to produce a scorer with 10+ goals last season – they’ll be hoping the acquisition of Heritier Makambo will change that for the 2021/22 season.

Makambo is a man with plenty to prove after two frustrating seasons with Horoya AC in Guinea, and back in the comfort of fans who adore him, the Congolese forward is ready to fire Yanga to reclaim their lost glory.

Yannick Bangala

Yanga has needed a defensive midfielder to partner Congolese, Mukoko Tonombe, for some time and have not only snapped up an experienced one but, at the age of 28, there is still room for Yannick Bangala to grow.

Former Morocco's AS FAR Rabat star, Bangala, is exactly what the Jangwani Street-based Yanga side needs to start controlling games in the midfield again, and he can bring the energy and spark back.

A talented versatile Congolese international who can also be deployed as a center-back.

Sadio Kanoute

The Malian box-to-box midfielder has been signed by Simba SC from a Libyan club and has already shown  Simba SC fans a glimpse of what to expect.

He was the standout performer for Simba SC against DR Congo football big guns, TP Mazembe, on Sunday.

Against TP Mazembe, he effectively performed the dual role of a defensive midfielder and an attacking midfielder, retrieving the ball for the team while also driving forward with it.

On that note, he is guaranteed to start in midfield alongside Taddeo Lwanga. 

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