Juma Balinya targeted by Azam FC

Gor Mahia FC striker Juma Balinya is on verge of joining Tanzania Premier League side Azam FC.

Azam who finished third on the log are aiming at completing Juma Balinya’s signing in order to strengthen their squad ahead of 2020/2021 season.

“Yes, we have talked to a number of clubs in these past weeks including Azam,” Balinya’s agent was quoted saying.

Juma Balinya on a U-turn

The Ugandan striker was signed by the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side in January from Yanga SC to replace Ivorian Gnamien Yikpe.

The Ivorian had moved in the opposite direction, and Ghanaian Francis Afriyie also left Gor Mahia for Township Rollers of Botswana.

However, Juma Balinya has since struggled to settle at his new team and the Chamazi-based side is giving him a way to get back to Tanzania.

Juma Balinya the lethal striker

While in the Uganda Premier League in the 2018/19 season, the striker scored 19 goals for Police FC, eventually claiming the Golden Boot.

His exploits caught the attention of Yanga who came calling the next season.

The 28-year-old Juma Balinya accepted to join the 27-time league champions, signing a three-year contract. 

However, he struggled to replicate his form at the Jangwani Street-based side and K’Ogalo came calling midway through the season. 

A couple of weeks ago the midfielder had also been linked with a move to South African side Polokwane City and Ethiopian giants Saint George.

According to reports, Gor Mahia players are not willing to stay at the club in the coming season owing to the financial struggles.

The side is experiencing after title sponsors SportPesa withdrew support.

Gor Mahia have already lost their captain Joash Onyango who is on his way to Tanzanian top tier champions Simba SC.

Kenneth Muguna is also heading to Petro Atletico of Angola.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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