IT’s over. The transfer window was shut last night for the Mainland Premier League clubs and there was plenty of actions on the final day as teams tried to make last-second deals.
By the time we went to press, some clubs especially the country’s football giants Simba and Young Africans had been busy finalising deals. While Simba released the final list of players, who have been signed in the mini-transfer window and those who have been released from the club Yanga did not.
Initially, defending champions, Yanga had not been the busiest as they used to be but it is reported that they made a last notch by signing Zanzibar’s JKU striker Emmanuel Martin, who scored a brace against the Jangwani Street side during the trial game at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Saturday.
Before yesterday, Yanga had only signed former Zesco holding midfielder Justine Zullu and released from the team utility Congolese player, Mbuyu Twite, who is said to have joined Majimaji of Songea.
League leaders Simba have recruited the services of Ghanaian duo goalkeeper Daniel Agyei and midfielder James Kotei and striker Pastory Athanas from Stand United and are also said to have finalised signing of Zambia’s Zesco striker and former Taifa Stars player, Juma Luizio on loan.
The arrival of Luizio means Simba’s reportedly attempt to buy back striker, Elius Maguri from Oman’s side Dhofar Sports Club could not be concluded.
And, the Msimbazi based street club released two foreign players -- Ivorian goalkeeper Vincent Angban, who played all the first round matches with club and conceded six goals and midfielder, Musa Ndusha from Congo DR. They have also promoted defender, Vincent Costa and Moses Kitundu from its youth squad.
The club’s spokesperson, Haji Manara said striker Ame Ali, who was on loan from Azam FC has been sent to his parent club, while Awadh Juma and Malika Ndeule have been loaned o Mwadui FC.
Defender Emmanuel Semwanza has been loaned o Majimaji of Songea. Most surprising of the transfer yesterday was Mrisho Ngasa signing at Mbeya City. The signing of the winger was confirmed yesterday by the Mbeya club Spokesman, Dismas Ten.
The former Yanga, Simba and Azam attacker had a short spell in Oman with Fanja FC, where he joined from Free State of South Africa. Ten said that the winger flew to Mbeya recently and has agreed deal to play for the club, now under former Free State coach Malawian Kinnah Phiri.
Mbeya City has also been one of the most active clubs during the minitransfer widow as they are determined to challenge for the top spot.
They have also signed Zimbabwe’s Caps United striker Leonard ‘Aghahowa’ Tsipa, Ugandans Tito Okello and Hood Mayanja plus William Otong who featured for African Lyon in the league’s first round.
On their side, city tycoon’s Azam FC have somewhat made a wholesome recruitment of foreign players and was also the busiest club in the minitransfer window. They have signed Ghanaian central defender, Yakubu Mohammed, Cameroonian defensive midfielder Stephan Kingue Mpondo and Mbeya City’s winger Joseph Mahundi.
Other signed players by the club under Spaniard tactician Zeben Hernandez are Yahaya Mohammed, Samuel Afful and Enock Agyei from Ghana.
Foreign players dropped by the club include Ivory Coast defender, Pascal Wawa Rwandan midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and striker midfielder, Kipre Balou from Ivory Coast. The second and final round of the league kicks off tomorrow with Yanga eyeing to take the drivers’ seat for the first time this season, if they beat JKT Ruvu at the Uhuru Stadium.
With two points separating current table toppers Simba with Yanga in second place, the holders will cherish their chances of tasting the driver’s seat for the first time this season if they beat JKT Ruvu. Simba are top on 35 points.
Zambian coach George Lwandamina will be keen to get his career in the Tanzania top flight league to the best possible start by securing maximum points against JKT Ruvu.
Lwandamina replaced Dutchman, Hans Van der Pluijm, who has been promoted to a technical director role. Simba will return to action on Sunday away to Ndanda FC at the Nangwanda Sijaona Stadium in Mtwara.
Joseph Omog’s side left yesterday morning ready for the battle.