Yanga midfielder closes in on return to action

29Nov 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga midfielder closes in on return to action

AFTER recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for a year and a half, Yanga midfielder Mapinduzi Balama has said he is ready to compete for a place in the first team of the historic Mainland Premier League champions.

Yanga midfielder, Mapinduzi Balama (L), blocks Egypt's Pyramids FC player when the clubs faced off in past CAF Confederatio

Balama said he has completed all training programs prescribed by the doctor and was allowed to continue featuring for Yanga.

"I Thank God I have recovered and now I am ready for the return. I want to get back to the first team. I know it is not an easy task but I am ready,'' Balama noted.

The midfielder was injured in training at the end of the 2019/20 season and missed all remaining matches.

The injury kept on keeping him out of action and he was unable to serve Yanga the past season.

After seeing that the player had yet to get fit, Yanga's management sent him to South Africa for surgery and succeeded in ending the problem that was plaguing him.

Yanga attacker, Yacouba Songne, is reportedly in danger of missing the remaining games of this season due to a hamstring injury he got.

Yacouba sustained a knee injury in a Premier League game against Ruvu Shooting which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

The Burkinabe attacker's surgery was performed in Tunisia on November 11 this year.

Yacouba has already returned to Dar es Salaam after the operation in Tunisia and is currently undergoing other procedures to help the wound recover before starting light training.

Regarding the condition of footballers that are nursing injuries in their squad, Yanga Manager, Hafidh Salehe, said: "As for the players, so far all those nursing injuries have recovered and are continuing training with the team except for Yacouba who recently returned from Tunisia after undergoing knee surgery.''

The official pointed out: ''Although he is doing well due to the extent of his injury, he may be out for the rest of the season.”