Yanga joins race for Dube as Azam FC standoff continues

By Seth Mapoli , The Guardian
Published at 05:29 PM Mar 29 2024
Azam FC forward, Prince Dube.
Azam FC forward, Prince Dube.

The uncertainty surrounding striker Prince Dube’s future with Azam FC has reached new heights, with reports alleging there is Young Africans SC’s interest in acquiring the Zimbabwean’s services with a hefty offer of around 521m/-.

Dube, aged 27, finds himself sidelined from the Azam FC squad after expressing his desire to part ways with the club.

In a bid to facilitate his departure, Dube reportedly offered 200m/- to terminate his contract prematurely.

However, Azam FC, adamant about enforcing the terms of the contract, demanded a staggering fee of $300,000 (over 700m/-) for his release.

Amidst this standoff, Simba SC and Al Hilal SC of Sudan have also expressed interest in securing Dube’s signature, prompting Young Africans SC, alias Yanga, to enter the fray.

Reports suggest that the Jangwani Street-based Yanga has submitted a substantial offer to Azam FC for the prolific striker.

Yanga's proposal entails paying the agreed sum in installments. While Azam FC initially expressed openness to negotiations with clubs both domestic and international, the outfit has yet to officially respond to Yanga's offer.

Thabit Zacharia, the Information and Communication Officer at Azam FC, on the one hand, stated that the club’s management had not provided him with any official updates regarding the offer.

However, he reaffirmed the club’s willingness to entertain offers for Dube from interested parties.

“I don’t have any updates beyond what I’ve already shared. So far, two clubs have expressed interest in Dube. If there are others interested, they’re welcome to approach us. Our doors remain open,” he stated.

On the other hand, Ally Kamwe, Yanga's Media and Communication Manager, confirmed that they had indeed submitted an offer for Dube but emphasized that discussions would have to wait until the outfit participates in a crucial CAF Champions League quarterfinal fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

Dube, who joined Azam FC in 2020 from Zimbabwe’s Highlanders, is contracted to the Tanzanian outfit until 2026.

Should he make the move to Yanga during the upcoming transfer window, it could potentially reshape the team’s attacking lineup, potentially impacting the roles of players like Kennedy Musonda, Clement Mzize, and Joseph Guede.

As the saga unfolds, all eyes remain on the negotiations between the clubs involved, with Dube’s future hanging in the balance amidst mounting speculation and interest from multiple parties.