Simba SC not interested in Yanga target Aziz Ki

24Jun 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC not interested in Yanga target Aziz Ki

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC has 'no interest' in signing Ivory Coast's ASEC Mimosas attacking midfielder Stephane Aziz Ki despite recent reports that they were after his signature.

Simba SC Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Gonzalez.

Simba was tentatively linked with a possible move for Aziz Ki after he produced an eye-catching performance against them in February.

The 26-year-old netted four goals including two against Simba SC in the CAF Confederation Cup this year.

He has been widely reported as a target of the Msimbazi Reds, by different media outlets that went as far as saying an offer had been put on the table before Simba SC came out to clarify that the contract letter doing rounds on social media is fake.

Azizi Ki is heading into the final weeks of his ASEC Mimosas contract and he looks certain to move on.

Young Africans SC, popularly known as 'Yanga', is believed to be the frontrunner to sign him ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Simba SC Chief Executive Officer Barbara Gonzalez has denied reports that they are interested in signing Aziz Ki insisting the Ivorian-born was never one of their transfer targets this season.

She disclosed: “We are not interested in the player, we only praised his performance. If you follow coach Pablo’s interviews, he singled him out as a dangerous player."

"When Simba SC mentions a player as dangerous, he is automatically linked with the club."

“You have never heard our officials coming out recently to say Simba SC wants Aziz Ki."

"In the case of Victorien Adebayor, Salim Abdallah ‘Try Again’ came out publicly to express our interest in the striker though unfortunately, we lost out to RS Berkane in that race."

"Aziz was not in our plan, we have already signed players that play his role.”

Simba SC has been working under a caretaker coach since the start of this month when Selemani Matola succeeded Pablo Franco.

Barbara provided updates on the search for Franco’s success as well as revealing pre-season plans.

She stated: "We will start pre-season in July and it will be abroad, we cannot say where. At the moment, we have not received an invitation from South Africa as reported on social media.''

''We have found a coach and we will announce him soon, there are areas where he has advised us to strengthen, so far we have done 50% of the registration work, and we intend to sign more than five players.''

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