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Yanga Seal Togo Defender Deal (allAfrica.com)

Mainland Premier League champions Young Africans have completed the signing of Togolese international defender Vincent Bossou, as the club continues to bolster its squad ahead of the new season.

Bossou had been attending trials at Yanga, who are currently camping in Mbeya region preparing for next Saturday’s Community Shield match against Azam FC and the upcoming Premier League season.

According to Yanga’s head of Information and Communication department Jerry Muro, the 29-year-old defender, who picked up 25 Togo caps, has penned a two-year deal with the club after passing trials.

Muro said the club’s management offered the towering centre-back the contract after head coach Hans van der Pluijm approved the deal.

“Bossou is a talented defender and will be a fantastic addition to our squad,” the Yanga official said. Bossou, who began his career at Maranatha FC in his native Togo, played for his new team for 45 minutes during Sunday’s 3-2 win against Mbeya City in a build-up match.

He was part of the Togolese squad for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations which withdrew prior to playing a match due to the Togo national football team attack.

Bossou joined Étoile Sportive du Sahel on January 15, 2010 on a two-year contract but his contract with the Tunisian side was terminated after only three months and he returned to Maranatha FC on March 18, 2010.

He also played for four Vietnamese clubs – Navibank Saigon, Becamex Binh Duong, TDC Binh Duong and An Giang FC – between 2011 and 2014.

His arrival puts in danger the positions of other central defenders at the club, including Rajab Zahir, Pato Ngonyani, Kevin Yondan and skipper Nadir Haroub.

For a couple of seasons, Yondan and Haroub have been Yanga’s first choice central defensive pair but Zahir and Ngonyani were given opportunities to challenge the duo in a few occasions last season.

Bossou’s signing also adds to the excitement of the upcoming Community Shield encounter between the Premier League defending champions, Yanga and Azam FC, who finished second last season.

The match that serves as a curtain-raiser to the top flight league will be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday and is already tipped to produce a sparkling show and firepower. Both clubs are currently busy fine-tuning for the season’s curtain-raiser, as each wants to win and head into the new season on a high.

Muro said Yanga’s preparations for the game were moving on smoothly and was optimistic that they will come out on top. Fresh from guiding Azam to first ever CECAFA Kagame Cup title, Briton tactician Stewart Hall is equally looking to the fixture with optimism.

Hall and his charges have camped in Zanzibar as they seek to continue their winning momentum into the top flight season that starts on September 8.

While a win will give both teams confidence going into the opening day of the Premier League campaign, Yanga will certainly be hoping to avenge the 5-3 penalty shootout loss they suffered to Azam when the two teams faced off in the CECAFA Kagame Cup quarter-finals.