Dar es Salaam - Azam FC have assured club supporters that star striker Kipre Tchetche is not for sale at any price despite rumours linking him with a move to the Mainland champions, Young Africans.
Reports have it that the Ivorian hot-shot, who is in Cote de-Ivoire for a vacation, has already reached agreement to decamp to the Jangwani Street giants.
The Ivorian has been a talisman for Azam since joining in 2011 and in this season he has scored nine league goals for the Chamazi-based outfit.
Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, Azam FC chief executive officer Saad Kawemba played down rumours of Tchetche's sale, insisting that their prized asset was staying put. "Tchetche is an Azam FC player and we don't have any plan to sell him," Kawemba said.
"He still has a year in his contract with Azam, so we have the final say on whether to sale him or not, but I want to stress that the club has no intention of letting him go to any club."
Kawemba added: "We know that he is a good player and many clubs may be interested to sign him, but he is still in our plans for next season."
He warned the clubs approaching him, saying Azam will lodge complaints to higher authorities for it is against the rules and regulations to engage a contracted player in transfer talks.
"It's a transfer season and there will rumours about our players every day, but we will not take lightly in case any club initiates talks with our player contrary to the legal procedure," he said.
Tchetche is also linked with a move to an undisclosed team in the Middle East, but Kawemba said they will be the first to know of any interests in the player.
"We have heard through media that he will closing in on a move to the Middle East, but let me make it clear, there is no any club in the world that can sign him without reaching an agreement with Azam," he said. The official disclosed that they will bolster their ranks with new signings, but it will be after the technical bench submit their report on areas that must be reinforced.
Source: The Citizen