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Young Africans yesterday honoured Nadir Haroub, dependable defender, who has officially retired after winning 15 titles for the club in his twelve-year career.
Nadir, who was popularly known as Cannavaro, played his last match for Yanga on Sunday at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro where Yanga defeated Mawenzi Market 1-0 in a friendly match that was aimed to bid him official farewell.
The lone goal came in the second half courtesy of a good strike from the newly recruited Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) striker Heritier Makambo who had the good game on the day.
But the defender’s official retirement opened him a door to continue serving the club as a manager. Haroub who briefly played yesterday, officially handed over the captain armband to the central defender, Kelvin Yondani Kelvin.
Speaking after being honoured, Haroub said he didn’t want the club to retire his number 23 jersey and the player decided to leave it to Abdallah Shaibu ‘Ninja’,who has been working closely with Yondani at the defence.
“I am happy to step aside as a player and start another adventure at this great club off the pitch where I believe that I will also do well,” he said.
Furthermore, Cannavaro said all the years he spent at Yanga are memorable to him and saw it a good opportunity for others to take up the challenge and work hard for the benefit of the team.
He added that he will cooperate well with the club’s management to move the team to top levels and bring back glorious moments which he said were slowly fading away.
Yanga used the game against Mawenzi Market as part and parcel of their preparations for the approaching Mainland Premier League season.
Also, Yanga are drilling themselves ahead of the return leg match of CAF Confederation Cup group D encounter against USM Alger of Algeria at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.
Profile, Nadir Haroub Ali Nadir Haroub Ali is a Tanzanian former footballer who last played for Young Africans FC as a defender.
Haroub’s nickname Cannavaro is in reference to the way he plays the game as a defender similar to Fabio Cannavaro.
Born: February 10, 1982 (age 36 years), Michenzani Height: 1.8 m Weight: 76 kg Date joined: 2006 (Young Africans S.C., Tanzania national football team)

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