Balinya holds talks with Azam as forward eyes return to Tanzania

Former Yanga SC forward Juma Balinya has held talks with Tanzanian money bags Azam FC as he tries to engineer a return to the Tanzanian Premier League.

The Ugandan forward joined Yanga at the start of the 2019/20 season on a three-year contract, but terminated his contract with the club after just half a season, joining Kenya’s Gor Mahia.

Azam is understood to be targeting the forward who recently made clear his intentions to leave the club after going seven months without pay, with his relationship with Gor Mahia regarded as irretrievable.

It is also understood that Balinya’s representatives held talks with the Tanzanian outfit over a potential move to the club, and the Ice Cream makers are reportedly understood to acquire Balinya.

When asked if he was aware of any interest from any clubs, Balinya’s agent said: “Yes, we have talked to a number of clubs in these past weeks including Azam.”

“I can’t go into details right now, but one thing I can say, he wants to play in Tanzania once again,” he added.

Balinya finished as the leading goal scorer in the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League with 19 goals for Police FC before joining Yanga.

But it is not only Azam that is chasing the player’s signature. South Africa’s Polokwane City has been linked with an interest in the player.

However, their interest has since gone silent due to the uncertainty caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uganda Premier League champions Vipers are also reported to be considering a move for Balinya, and according to sources close to the player, both parties have held initial talks.

Balinya started his career with the Venoms and helped guide them to their first-ever league title in 2010 before he made what he termed as ‘a career mistake’ by joining Djibouti side A.S Port.

If the move to Azam materializes, Balinya will link up with fellow Ugandan Nicolas Wadada, and former Gor Mahia teammate David Mapingano who recently completed his move to the club.

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