Yanga SC boss discusses Aziz Ki future amid DStv Prem links

Yanga SC president Eng. Hersi Ally Said has spoken about the future of Stephane Aziz Ki at the club amid interest from various clubs, including those in the PSL.

Aziz Ki's dazzling performance against Mamelodi Sundowns in last season's CAF Champions League quarter-final turned heads among South African clubs.

His thunderous strike sparked controversy, with fans convinced the ball had crossed the line. But the VAR and referee silenced the roars, upholding the “No Goal” decision.

Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs have all reportedly showed interest in the left-footer.

During the Toyota Cup launch on Monday, Said acknowledged strong interest in Aziz Ki, with enquiries coming from various clubs, including PSL. He stated that the talks to keep him at the club are ongoing.

HOW MUCH ARE THE CHANCES OF LOSING AZIZ KI? YANGA SC RESPONDS

“It’s very tough for us to lose players, especially one like Aziz Ki, I’m not saying we’re going to lose him but there’s a lot of interest coming from a number of clubs, including clubs in South Africa,” he said as quoted by iDiski Times.

“But Young Africans has a very strong connection with the player and we’ve done our homework as leaders of the club to make sure the player stays in the club. And the discussion is going very well…

“We will definitely come back and do the [announcement] when we finalise the thing, but for now nothing has been finalised, even though there’s a lot of clubs interested in the player. So the discussion is there, I can say, there’s a big chance for him to stay but we haven’t finalised yet.”

Despite admitting that money could be a deciding factor, Said added that the Burkina Faso international is keen on remaining at the club.

WHAT COULD BE THE DECIDING FACTOR ON AZIZ KI’S FUTURE

“He’s been in a position of making it clear he wants to stay and you know I signed him two years ago from ASEC Mimosas and I told him about my project, we want to take this team to the next level with this team as well,” he said.

“He was the key member of the project and plan I was putting in place, so our discussion was the same and he was very keen to say that, I need to be here in Young Africans and at least take this team to the project level we want it to be at.

“So yes he wants to stay but  football is business nowadays, you can be tempted to stay but financial approaches can change your mind… so 60 [percent chance he stays], 40 [percent chance he leaves].”

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