When Ivorian striker Gnamien Yikpe completed a move from KPL champions Gor Mahia to Tanzanian giants Yanga SC, he was seen by many as the solution to ‘Timu ya Wananchi’s’ lack of goals.
Well, things have not gone according to plan and instead of being a darling of the Yanga fans, Yikpe is now wanted out of the club.
Following Yanga’s 0-0 draw against Azam FC, angry fans stormed outside the team’s dressing room asking for Yikpe to be shipped out of their club.
With just one goal for Yanga in the Tanzanian Premier League, Yikpe has failed to live up to expectations and many fans feel it is about time he was shown the door.
Following the restart of the League in Tanzania, Yikpe has been the talk of town for all the wrong reasons. The towering forward put up a poor show against Mwadui FC and despite Yanga winning the game 1-0, he was called out for missing glorious chances of scoring.
His latest outing against Azam FC was also one to forget and fans have grown tired already.
Chants of “Drop Yikpe, release Yikpe” could be heard outside Yanga’s dressing room after the Azam draw.
“I take the point gained in our match, but I am not happy at all with some performance,” said one fan.
Apart from Yikpe, David Molinga is also another player wanted out of the club by Yanga fans.
“Who signed [David] Molinga and Yikpe? Especially the latter, we were told he was a good striker who performed well for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia, so what happened to him here [at Yanga]?
“A striker who has scored just two goals [in all competitions], what does that tell you? The fans are hurt, we are hurting not the management. Is this the new Yanga we had been promised?”
Yanga’s Coach Luc Eymael is seemingly also not a happy man following a series of poor performances from his strikers.
“I am disappointed with all my strikers,” Eymael told Goal after the match.
“We created chances after chances, but we don’t finish the chances we create, if we don’t score that is a big problem, 30 crosses and we cannot find the back of the net? I think that is a big problem.
“Our biggest problem currently is we are not scoring, that is the biggest problem we have, it is that simple, we are not scoring goals despite creating chances and something must be done urgently before we play our next match.
“I cannot change the players [strikers] now, I can only ask them to rectify the mistakes in training like we keep doing, we must think about scoring and the strikers must stand up now and be counted, they should get their scoring boots back, I don’t need to shout at them but they should know what they are supposed to do.”
Gislain Yikpe completed his move from Gor Mahia to Yanga Sports Club in January, penning a two year deal in the process.