Mrisho Ngasa rejoins Yanga


NgasaMrisho Ngasa and Young Africans secretary general Lawrence Mwalusako display a jersey bearing Ngasa’s name when the player announced move to rejoin Yanga in Dar es Salaam.

Mrisho Ngasa categorically announced his move to rejoin newly crowned Mainland premier soccer league champions Young Africans in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Ngasa, who featured for Yanga’s archrivals Simba during the previous season, will be one of few domestic-based players who has featured for three Dar es Salaam-based top flight clubs in as many seasons so far.

The striker crossed over to Simba from Azam FC at the end of the Kagame Cup championship staged in Dar es Salaam last July after misunderstandings with the ice-cream makers.

He kissed Yanga’s jersey at the end of the semifinal game against DR Congo’s AS Vita at the National Stadium where his team won by 2-1 goals to cruise into the club’s maiden Kagame Cup final against Yanga.

Kissing Yanga jersey when he was still a valid player of Azam irked the club owner who put him on sale despite having a binding contract.

Simba edged Yanga in the sales bid to sign the player who did not last following his yesterday’s move to rejoin Yanga.

The player said his move to rejoin Yanga is based on his personal affection to the club that made him popular.

He also expressed his appreciation to Yanga fans who continued to admire him despite shifting from the club to join Azam and Simba.

However, the young player said he has been subjected to pressure when he was playing for Simba during the previous season as the club’s fans did not give him the benefit of doubt with regard to his devotion.

“I played whole heartedly for Simba but still there was signs of dissatisfaction, particularly on the part of Simba fans though the club officials were still interested in me,” said Ngasa.

Ngasa was in the first choice line up of Simba and played all the two legs between the club and archrivals Yanga during the previous season but never scored a goal.
While the first leg ended in 1-1 draw, the second one was won by Yanga by 2-0 goals last Saturday.

While with Simba Ngasa threw overboard an opportunity to join one of the continent’s high-profile clubs, Sudanese El-Merreikh whose scouting officials were interested in the players following his Challenge Cup performance in Kampala last December.

After a brief tug of war between Simba and Azam, the Sudanese club officials called it quits as Ngasa never showed interest to sign for the club.

So far there was no transfer fee disclosed between the player and the club though Ngasa was free agent by the time the premier league came to an end.

Ngasa’s father Khalfan was a former Simba player and a reliable source has it that he objected the move of his son to rejoin Yanga.

However, Yanga seems to have intensified negotiations with Ngasa’s daddy to convince him in making agreement o sign the deal.

Yanga gear up for the Kagame Cup title defence having holding the Cup for two back-to-back seasons.

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