The players include first-choice goalkeeper Yaw Berko, midfielders Godfrey Bonny, Nurdin Bakari and Rashid Gumbo as well as defender-cum-midfielder Salum Telela.
“The players who were out injured are all doing well at the moment and on their way back to first team action,” Young African physician Nassoro Matuzya told the ‘Daily News’ over the weekend.
Dr Matuzya said the team’s Ghanaian custodian, Berko, has started light training after shaking off a niggling shoulder injury and should be fit for coming international and domestic assignments. The versatile Bakari has been out of action with a broken finger late last month and was expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks.
Matuzya said Bakari has made steady progress in his recovery, had the Plaster of Paris was removed from his hand, and is set to return to training. According to the physician, Bonny had been suffering from Malaria and muscles problems, but he’s okay now, so are Gumbo and Telela who were nursing knee and ankle injuries respectively.
“Gumbo has recovered well and we expect him to start first team training anytime from now,” he said. As for Telela, Dr Matuzya said, “Hopeful he will be back training by this Friday.” Young head coach Kostadin Papic can now breathe easy with the latest news as he prepares his team for the second leg of the CAF Champions League against Egyptian giants Zamalek early next month.
Yanga missed the services of the quintet when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Zamalek in the first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Saturday. Getting the players fit, particularly the eagle-eyed Ghanaian shot-stopper, Yaw Berko, for the coming few weeks, might well determine Yanga’s fate in the Champions League and their chances of retaining Premier League title.