Having lit up the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in his debut season in 2015, Burundian International Karim Nzigiyimana was the subject of many transfer speculations at the end of that year- when Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten, but a horde of injuries sprung up later on and he would be sidelined by the champions who seemed to have everything going right even in the toughest moments.
Karim, a fully recovered man after his 2017 November surgery, wants to get back playing and according to Tanzanian tabloid Champion, his return may be with the green of Young Africans SC and not the green of Gor Mahia.
Speaking exclusively to Champion, Karim reveals his admiration for the Tanzanian giants whom he faced in the 2015 CECAFA Kagame Cup.
‘’I have fully recovered now and resumed training. I actually wanted to come and play in the CECAFA Kagame Cup but saw it was better to relax so I can get back to my maximum potential. I would really love to join Young Africans SC,’’ he tells Champion.
Despite having relative success in their domestic league in the past five years, Yanga- as they are popularly know, relinquished their league title to arch rivals Simba SC in the 2017/18 season and financial difficulties have been the norm at the Dar Es Salaam since. Karim doesn’t seem to care about this.
‘’I have heard the currently isn’t in the best state but that is not my worry it should not prevent any talks between them and myself. My dream is to play in the Tanzanian top flight which has shown great competition over the years and looking at the way Yanga are right now I think I will be of great help to them,’’ he adds.
His side Gor Mahia have had to try out make-shift full-backs on their right side of defense following Karim’s absence (and Wellington Ochieng’s injury earlier in the season) and doesn’t look like a side that missed the Burundian. In fact, Philemon Otieno- a natural central midfielder, bagged a man of the match performance in the sportpesa supercup final against Simba. Other players who have been tried out in the position include Joachim Oluoch, Bernard Ondiek and Innocent Wafula.