- The former Harambee Stars striker Boniface Ambani has openly claimed he warned Young Africans (Yanga SC) not to sign the Ivorian player Gnamien Yikpe from Gor Mahia.
Yikpe signed for the Jangwani Street-based giants from the Kenyan champions K’Ogalo in 2018 and has scored one goal since arriving. He has also been criticized by Yanga fans for the poor displays in the Mainland Premier League.
The Ivorian striker has had it rough with the most recent incident resulting from Yanga’s 0-0 draw against Azam FC. The club fans descended to the team’s dressing room after the match demanding for the release of the player, even went further to question the officials behind the transfer.
Ambani, who scored over 40 goals in his two season’s stint with Yanga, has now revealed how he pleaded with the club officials not to sign the striker.
“Yes…I did, I warned them not to sign the striker and now everyone is crying foul,” Ambani said on Wednesday.
“They (especially fans) want to know who was behind (the Yikpe) signing and I had warned them about his signing.
“I watched him at Gor Mahia. I am a striker and I know the caliber of strikers Yanga likes. I knew he won’t fit the bill. I have watched him on several occasions, his runs are poor, his first touch poor, always running off target and his finishing not clinical,” he added.
Following Yanga’s humiliating defeat in the FA Cup against Simba SC that ended their hopes for winning silverware this season, Ambani has advised the club to cut down their squad to 25 players and break the bank for serious signings
“This season is now gone. Yanga should now start focusing for the new season, they should look for quality players, maybe they should sign two central defenders, two strong and powerful defensive midfielders, one serious attacking midfielder, and two complete established strikers,” Ambani observed.
Simba has already run away with the current campaign leaving the second place as the highest Yanga can go as currently the Mainland Premier League edge towards the conclusion.