Eymael: Shikalo must wait for his time to shine for Yanga SC

The Belgian tactician calls on the Harambee Stars custodian to stay calm and positive and wait for his opportunity

Young Africans (Yanga SC) coach Luc Eymael has called on Kenyan goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo to show patience as that he strives to make the starting XI.

The former Bandari custodian is yet to start a game in the Mainland Premier League considering that the top-flight restarted on June 13, with the Belgian coach preferring Metacha Mnata in that position.

The Belgian tactician has now urged the Harambee Stars keeper to keep fighting hard in training and wait for his chance, saying he doesn’t have any bad feelings towards the player.

“If you watched our game against Azam FC, my keeper Metacha [Mnata] played well, and that he as for ages been fantastic in the position, so Shikalo must wait for his time,” Eymael told Goal on Monday.

“I told him the other day he has to wait for his chance and when the opportunity comes, he’s got to go on it with both of your hands, it is that facile,

“I like him [Shikalo], he’s working very difficult during services but how will you change your goalkeeper, when he’s doing very well?

“[Mnata] has shown how good he is and for a coach, you don’t change a high player because you have another one on the bench, but keep him in your squad.

“I am maybe not against Shikalo playing, he’s a good keeper too but must wait for his time, I understand his time will come.”

Since joining the Jangwani Street-based giants, Shikalo has remained an understudy to Mnata and has rarely started in league matches.

Meanwhile, Eymael has confirmed captain Papy Tshishimbi will miss their next league match against Ndanda FC owing to injury.

The towering defender has recently missed the first three matches since the top-flight restarted on June 13 after President John Pombe Magufuli gave the green light for all activities to resume in the country.

Tshishimbi missed the 1-0 win against Mwadui FC in Shinyanga, the 1-1 draw against JKT Tanzania in Dodoma, and their 0-0 result against Azam FC at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

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“[Tshishimbi] will skip the next two matches because he is yet to recover fully from injury,” Eymael told Goal on Monday.

“We don’t want to rush him, we want him to heal properly to avoid him coming back to action and then returning to the treatment table, our doctors are monitoring his situation very closely and from what I have been told, he will be out for the next two matches.”

After the 0-0 draw against Azam FC at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, Yanga will remain third with 56 points because the ‘Ice Cream Makers’ keep up with the second spot, with 58 points, after 30 matches.