CR Belouizdad table 1bn/- offer for Yanga’s Stephane Aziz Ki

By Michael Mwebe , The Guardian
Published at 06:00 AM Jul 11 2024
Photo: Agencies
Young Africans attacking midfielder Stephane Aziz Ki.

CR Belouizdad have tabled a tempting offer for Young Africans attacking midfielder Stephane Aziz Ki.

The Algerian top-flight side have already made a proposal to Aziz Ki worth in the region of $440,000 per year. 

The Burkina Faso international is still deciding his future. He has not ruled out the move but could yet opt to stay with Young Africans following the expiration of his contract last month. 

CR Belouizdad, who were in the same CAF Champions League Group with Young Africans last season, are extremely keen to recruit Aziz Ki and consider him their star arrival for the 2024/25 campaign. 

The offer also includes a two-year contract, three months’ advanced salary to be paid, a furnished apartment, and two business class plane tickets to be provided per year.

CR Belouizdad won the Algeria Federation Cup but lost the league crown to MC Alger and are now bolstering their squad for next season. 

They will represent Algeria in the CAF Champions League for the fifth time in a row. 

With Aziz Ki’s future still up in the air, Young Africans are still fighting hard to retain the service of the playmaker who joined them from ASEC Mimosas in 2022. 

Young Africans Sports Club president Hersi Said in an interview with South Africa’s Soccer Laduma magazine revealed that negotiations with Aziz Ki are still on though they are facing a big task to keep their key asset. 

“You know, we signed him on a two-year contract that has expired and that means those who are interested in him are talking to him directly. But for us, we are still talking to him and there is nothing finalized yet. 

“It’s very tough for us, especially losing a player like Ki Aziz. There’s a lot of interest coming from a number of clubs, including some of the clubs in South Africa. The discussion is going very well, but as of now, nothing has been finalized. Football is business. Financial approach from different teams can change Aziz’s mindset,” he said. 

Aziz Ki has played a crucial role in both creating and scoring goals for Young Africans with 21 goals and eight assists in the Premier League last season. 

He helped Young Africans win a third successive league title as well as reaching the CAF Champions League quarter-final. 

The 28-year-old has everything in his hands. 

He can activate a one-year contract extension at Young Africans by himself, while he also has the rest of Africa's elite clubs waiting to snap him up without a transfer fee. 

In addition to CR Belouizdad, Egypt’s Pyramids and South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, among other clubs, have been billed as Aziz Ki's next destination.