Yanga midfielder signs two-year deal to end exit speculations

By Nassir Nchimbi , The Guardian
Published at 10:03 AM Apr 12 2024
Stephane Aziz Ki Young Africans Sc Player.
Photto: Courtsey Of Yanga Sc
Stephane Aziz Ki Young Africans Sc Player.

STEPHANE Aziz Ki has snubbed interest from South Africa’s DStv Premiership giants Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns to remain with Tanzania’s Yanga, after signing a new two-year deal.

Although the deal is yet to be revealed, it is reportedly an agreement between the two parties and the terms that the player has asked for have been reached.

Yanga has decided to tie the club’s best player until the 2025/26 season to avoid losing the Ivorian born on a free transfer.

It is only a matter of time before the club announces that he has signed for two more years to serve the Jangwani Street giants.

Following his sterling displays against Sundowns in the two-legged CAF Champions League quarterfinals, Aziz Ki was linked with the Buccaneers and the Brazilians.

Sundowns’ interest in the Burkina Faso star was further fuelled by pictures of him speaking to head coach Rhulani Mokwena in Dar es Salaam and at Loftus Stadium in South Africa.

The Burkinabe’s contract with Yanga is set to expire in June, but it seems he is ready to sign a new contract.

It is understood that during the two parties' negotiations, Aziz Ki asked the Jangwani Street side's leaders to sign a competent striker, a request that was assured to him by the club.

It is an announcement that will end the rumours about the midfielder's links to Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates of South Africa, and Esperance Tunis.

It was expected that the 28-year-old midfielder would remain in Tanzania. Aziz Ki revealed: "I have no expectations of leaving Yanga at the moment because I have not achieved the goals that brought me here. This club, which I love with all my heart, still owes me, and even money cannot fill the love I have for this club.”

The attacking midfielder also revealed his conversation with Mokwena fueled Sundowns links, along with Pirates who watched him closely during the game.

“Mokwena told me to improve my playing and I did it during the return leg held in South Africa, where he commended me for that, and we did not talk about that topic."

The 28-year-old has scored 13 goals and made seven assists for Yanga in the NBC Premier League so far.

He came close to scoring the winning goal for Yanga in the second leg against Sundowns, but his goal was disallowed by the VAR. Sundowns went on to win 3-2 on penalties and advanced to the semi-finals- which will see them confront Esperance.