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Why Yanga Star Aziz Ki Rejected PSL Move

Young Africans SC winger Mahlatse Makudubela has shed insight on why Stephane Aziz Ki rebuffed interest from the DStv Premiership.

The Burkina Faso international, 28, has been one of the leading performers for the Tanzanian Premier League side since he arrived from ASEC Mimosas in July 2022.

This season he’s been directly involved in 20 goals (13 goals, seven assists) in 20 league games for the table toppers.

“We partly had a conversation, a slight one with Aziz Ki, he mentioned the standard of South African football [in the PSL] has dropped,” Makudubela said in an online interview with The Safja.

“It’s gone down, I don’t know why though, I couldn’t quite answer [to] that though, I think statistics can speak for itself, comparisons should be made right now.

“Tanzanian football, there are two clubs that [were] competing in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, that says a lot about Tanzanian football and credit should be given to them, the TFA, the wonderful work they’re doing.

“And of course the two clubs, [Simba and Yanga], their Presidents and the work they’ve been putting in Eng. Hersi Said, he’s doing a tremendous job with the club and contributing as the Chairman of the African Club’s Association.”

He continued: “There’s a lot of investment put into Tanzanian football, the TFF has done a tremendous job, we all know East Africa will be hosting the next AFCON, so they’ve been representing East Africa very well lately and they’re competing in the top African competitions.

“As for South Africa, I think people are in a comfort zone, they are okay, we avoid relegation, it’s okay to play for a club just avoiding relegation, you don’t have ambitions [to move] and compete against Al Ahly, CR Belouizdad, all these African giants out there.

“I think in his mind, he’s thinking of ambitions. Yes, there’s money [in the PSL] it’s something you want to look at, but you also want to challenge yourself and grow yourself as a brand – so I think that’s where it comes. Maybe looking at it from a competition point of view.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.