Yanga's Nabi warns leadership to avoid repeating tansfer mistakes

14Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga's Nabi warns leadership to avoid repeating tansfer mistakes

YANGA head coach, Nasreddine Nabi, has told the team’s management not to repeat mistakes they made two seasons ago during the transfer window.

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

For the past two seasons, Yanga has had the habit of signing many new players, while also releasing a large group of players.

For example, last season, the Jangwani Street giants released 14 players and signed 15.

Yanga, who are sitting second on the 18-team top flight table, are determined to make sure they regain their dominance in the various competitions they will participate in next season, a regime that currently is dominated by their age-old rivals Simba SC.

Yanga Information Officer, Hassan Bumbuli, has confirmed coach Nabi has warned them against repeating the previous mistakes and asked them to sign only six players for the new campaign.

“Our coach Nasreddine [Nabi] has said he is pleased with the quality of the squad we have, and, in connection with the areas to improve in the new transfer window, the coach has asked the leadership to bring on board either five or six players for strengthening the squad,” Bumbuli Said.

He stated: “Coach Nabi does not want to see us release many players at once, as was the case last season and two seasons ago, so we look forward to parting ways with some players including those who are ending their contracts, in order to make way for new stars who will be announced.”

Yanga have already signed DR Congo international right-back, Shabani Djuma, and they are being linked with a move for big names including Lazarus Kambole, Henock Baka, Marcey Vumbi Ngimbi, Fiston Mayele, Abubeker Nassir, Anthony Akumu, and Heritier Makambo.

In a recent interview, Yanga's registration committee vice-chairman, Hersi Said, revealed their plans to invest more on the technical bench, saying it will be the only way to grind out positive results.

“We still remember the words said by former President Jakaya Kikwete during the recently held Annual General Meeting when he reiterated that we must invest a lot in the technical bench and not the technical committee,” Said stated.

The official pointed out: “Getting such encouraging words from the former President is a big challenge to us and I can assure you that we will work hard to improve our technical panel.”

Nabi has also declared his club is set to put spirited displays in the upcoming Vodacom Premier League match against Ihefu SC, which will be played at Benjamin Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Coach Nabi moreover revealed the main purpose of having his team giving its all against Ihefu SC in the match stems from the challenges his players faced in the game against Mwadui FC at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium at the end of last month, which saw Yanga cruise to 3-2 victory.

The tactician revealed: "If the bench we know is not going to be an easy game, we saw the difficulty we had with Mwadui despite the fact that it was downhill, so we can not underestimate Ihefu at all and we will enter in full.''

The Tunisian coach has had a good record since joining Yanga on April 19, having guided the outfit in nine fixtures, six Premier League ties and three Federation Cup tournament's matches, winning seven, losing one and drawing one.

Yanga is placed second in the Vodacom Premier League standings with 70 points, trailing Simba SC who were crowned champions four times in a row last Sunday after beating Coastal Union 2-0 and collected 79 points.

Ihefu SC head coach, Zubeir Katwila, disclosed that they should work hard to get results in the remaining two games against Yanga and Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC to put themselves in a position to stay in the top flight.

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