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Balama: Yanga SC winger set to undergo further treatment in South Africa


The Jangwani giants are ready to help the injured player undergo treatment after staying out of action for six months

Young Africans (Yanga SC) have confirmed their winger Mapinduzi Balama will have to travel to South Africa for further treatment.

Balama was injured in June 2020 after the Mainland Premier League had resumed following the break which was occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, and since then he has been sidelined.

When the new season kicked-off, Yanga had hoped the player will return to action but it is not the case as he has failed to recover from the injury.

Yanga official Antonio Nugaz has revealed that the player will have to undergo further treatment in South Africa and will leave Tanzania anytime this week.

“Balama needs further treatment and as a club, we have decided to have him see a specialist in South Africa,” Nugaz told reporters in Dar es Salaam. “We don’t want to take a risk with him, he has been out for six months, and the only way to assist him is to make sure he sees a specialist.

“He will leave anytime this week, most probably on Thursday.”

Mapinduzi will become the second player from the Tanzania league to head to South Africa for further treatment after Azam FC striker Prince Dube also travelled.

The Zimbabwean star injured his ulnar of the left hand during their league defeat to Yanga after just a quarter an hour of the derby played at Chamazi Stadium seven days ago, and the club decided he undergoes further treatment in Cape Town.

The 23-year-old, who has been in fine form this season, had managed to score six goals and is among the top scorers in the top-flight.

“Our striker Prince [Dube] has today [Sunday] left Tanzania for South Africa to undergo further scans and treatment on his left hand in South Africa,” the club confirmed on their social media pages, with a picture of the player at the airport ready to travel.

“Dube will be treated at Vincent Pallotti hospital situated in Cape Town and we wish him all the best as he undergoes treatment and further wish him a speedy recovery.”

While Balama has been out for six months, the absence of Dube will surely affect the Chamazi-based giants who have already started to lose ground as far as winning the title is concerned after losing two straight matches against KMC and Yanga before securing a 1-1 draw against Biashara United.


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