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Shikalo and other Yanga big names have not been fired, coach Eymael says

Yanga SC coach Luc Eymael has dismissed reports in the Tanzanian media that the club has parted ways with 13 players, among them Kenyan goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo and former Gor Mahia target man Gislain Yikpe.

Eymael, who once coached AFC Leopards, has also termed the media stories as wrong and misguided reporting.

“These again are baseless remarks. This is the biggest problem in Tanzania – people dream and write things in the newspapers. The propaganda in Tanzanian football is on another level and I choose not to focus on that,” Eymael told Nairobi News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

“I just sent my report to the team’s management a few hours ago and it is not about sacking any players – that is absolutely wrong and misguided reporting,” he added.

Yanga has been playing second fiddle to rivals Simba SC despite making some big signings like that of former Gor Mahia striker Yikpe who is having a torrid time at the club as fans keep pressuring the team management to do away with him as well as other senior players.

The team faces Mtibwa Sugar on Thursday afternoon as the Tanzanian Premier League approaches the tail end with Simba having already been declared champions.