Abubakar aims to retain starting position at Yanga after contract extension

By Nassir Nchimbi , The Guardian
Published at 04:42 PM Mar 02 2024

YANGA has extended its contract with midfielder Salum Abubakar for two more years as his previous contract is due to expire at the end of this season.

The hardworking 31-year-old midfielder will remain at Yanga until the end of the 2025/26 season to improve the squad’s midfield.

The former Azam FC midfielder joined Yanga during the January transfer window of 2021/2022, leaving the ice cream sellers' side that he played for since 2007.

It is understood that there are no improvements in his current contract, with all terms and conditions being akin to those in his previous contract.

The Tanzania international has faced competition and limited game time at the club as Khalid Aucho, Mudathir Yahya, and Pacome Zouzoua have become permanent starters for the club.

Abubakar expressed his readiness to retain his starting position in the Jangwani Street squad and help his team achieve success as well as confirming contract extension reports.

He disclosed: "I can confirm I have extended my contract for two more years with the club. I'm delighted to continue playing for this club with a rich history. I won't talk much about my contract, I will let my team speak on my behalf."

"I understand I am not getting enough game time, but I am optimistic and I keep training intensively to ensure that I gain the coaches' trust and feature more in starting line-ups,” the midfielder revealed.

“So far I am happy for the starting players, they help to push the club to succeed- which is exactly what the footballers are targeting,” he disclosed.

The footballer had honoured 16 NBC Premier League fixtures, five CAF Champions League Group Stage outings, and two Azam Sports Federation Cup matches for Yanga.

Abubakar has so far featured in six games in a total of 331 minutes in all competitions for his team, with neither goal nor assist for the midfielder in 2023/24.