Juma Balinya close on joining South Africa’s Polokwane City

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Uganda Cranes forward Juma Balinya is few steps away from joining South African side Polokwane City according to reports.

The 27-year-old forward has been playing for Kenyan champions Gor Mahia since December 2019 after leaving Tanzania’s Yanga SC.

According to sources, the former Vipers and Police FC player is on the verge of putting pen to paper, but that will depend on when the current coronavirus crisis eases.

Juma Balinya parts ways with Yanga FC.
Balinya playing for Yanga Africans

“His representatives have been in talks with Polokwane and there could be some movement in the next few weeks,” a source explained to Nairobi News.

“He loves it in Kenya but a move to South Africa is a step up and a good one for all parties,” the source added.

There have been reports that K’Ogalo is facing a mass exodus of players as it experiences a financial crunch.

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Balinya in Gor Mahia colours

The news has drawn interest from regional clubs and Ethiopia’s St. George is said to have also inquired about Balinya’s status.    

“There has been great progress in the talks for a potential move for the player. It is in all likelihood that he will move at the end of the season,” a source was quoted saying.

Balinya becomes the second Ugandan to be linked with a move to the lucrative South African Premier Soccer League.

Former Vipers SC custodian Ismail Watenga is also rumoured to be close to joining former CAF Champions League champions Mamelodi Sundowns. 

What you need to know about Juma Balinya

After putting up an outstanding performance in the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season, Balinya snapped a move to Tanzanian giants Yanga Africans.

The midfielder-turn forward finished that season as top scorer, scoring 19 goals for Police FC.

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Balinya playing for Police FC

However, he parted ways with Yanga and he went on to join Gor Mahia in December 2019.

He has previously played for Vipers, A.S Port in Djibouti, the now-defunct Lweza FC Police FC, Yanga Africans and Gor Mahia

He was part of the Uganda Cranes team that participated in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

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