Transfer window sees signings, offloading

THE mini-transfer window has begun to gather momentum as teams add new blood in squads, offloading some.

After some quiet stint, the transfer market is now hot, with Azam bringing on board a Colombian striker, Franklin Navarro who has gone into record books for becoming the first player from Colombia to play in the Mainland Premier League.

Likewise, Mashujaa completed the signing of three players who are striker Emmanuel Mtumbuka from Stand United, midfielder Omary Abdallah from Tanzania Prisons and Balama Mapinduzi from Coastal Union.

According to statistics compiled by Mashujaa for Mtumbuka, during his stint at Stand United which traded in the Championship League, from 11 games he netted seven goals provided five assists and scored one goal in the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC).

The Kigoma-based outfit have had a shivering start to the season  as they only won two matches from 12 played and have accumulated nine points to lie in the 15th slot on the league table.

As such, they need to turn things around by generating maximum points in their upcoming league engagements to revamp their chances of staying put in the contest next season.

For Mtibwa Sugar who hang at the bottom of the log, not much has been heard from them as far as the short transfer window is concerned though Coach Zubeir Katwila admitted that they will invade the transfer market to acquire some potential players.

In another development, Coastal Union have so far waved bye-bye to six players as they aim to re-build their squad to make it competitive enough in their upcoming fixtures.

Those shown the door are Abdulswamad Kasimu, Daud Mbweni, Yakubu Abdullah, Fran Golubic, Juma Mahadhi and Balama Mapinduzi who have been wished the best of luck wherever they go.

Meanwhile, Azam through their Media and Communication Manager Hasheem Ibwe described Navarro as a versatile player who can also be featured as a holding midfielder and that in 11 matches he played for the Colombia First Division League this season; he scored two goals and provided one assist.

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