Transfers DONE DEAL: Malian keeper Djigui Diarra signs contract extension with Yanga SC

Tanzania Premier League champions Young Africans (Yanga SC) first-choice goalkeeper Djigui Diarra has solidified his commitment to the club by signing a new contract extension, ensuring his presence between the posts for the next two seasons.

Diarra, who initially joined Young Africans in August 2021 from Stade Malien, has extended his tenure with the Premier League champions, securing his stay until 2027.

The club’s previous agreement with Diarra was set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 season, but this new two-year extension will now see him remain a crucial part of the team for an additional two years.

“Diarra is not just a goalkeeper; he is a leader on and off the pitch. His experience, dedication, and exceptional skills are invaluable to our club. We are thrilled to have him with us for the upcoming seasons,” said the team’s spokesperson Ali Kamwe as quoted by the Guardian.

The Malian international shot-stopper’s performance since joining Young Africans has been nothing short of exceptional. His abilities have earned him the Premier League Best Goalkeeper Award (Golden Gloves) for two consecutive seasons, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Furthermore, his remarkable skills in the 2023-2024 season garnered him the Best African Player Award for Mali, distinguishing him as the top performer among Malian players competing in Africa.In the most recent season, Diarra’s prowess was instrumental in Young Africans’ success.

He secured 14 clean sheets, leading the Jangwani Street-based side to finish as the team with the fewest goals conceded in the 2023-2024 Premier League season, which culminated in a championship victory for the club.

His defensive fortitude has not only bolstered Young Africans’ league performances but also contributed to their impressive runs in continental competitions.

Diarra’s impact at Young Africans extends beyond domestic leagues. During the 2022-2023 season, he played a pivotal role in guiding his side to the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The following season, his efforts were crucial in Young Africans reaching the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League, showcasing his ability to perform at the highest levels of African football.

  • The Guardian.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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