Yanga in high spirit ahead of Pyramids FC clash

02Nov 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Yanga in high spirit ahead of Pyramids FC clash

TANZANIA’s football big guns, Young Africans Sports Club (Yanga), have arrived safely in Egypt ready for tomorrow’s showdown against Pyramids FC in the return leg of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup play offs.

Yanga defender, Kelvin Yondani (R ), shoots past Pyramids FC’s midfielder, Erick Traore, in the first leg of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup play offs, which took place in Mwanza last month. PHOTO; COURTESY OF TFF

Yanga’s information officer, Hassan Bumbuli, said the team has arrived well and the players have promised good results for the sake of the country.

He said the morale in the camp is extremely high and players are looking forward to upset the hosts tomorrow.

“The team is in Egypt now and the morale is very high, the players have promised to work hard during the game so that they can bring home good results,” he said.

Notable player missing in the team is experienced defender, Kelvin Yondani, who is serving one-match suspension after he had been sent off for a second bookable offense in the first leg clash.

Bumbuli said in the absence of the veteran utility player, the side’s head coach, Mwinyi Zahera, has identified his replacement.

Bumbuli also disclosed that Zahera has said his players are ready to sweat blood for the team tomorrow.

“Head coach Mwinyi Zahera is very confident that his charges will emerge victors on Sunday, he said he saw the mistakes which his charges committed during the first leg encounter at CCM Kirumba and he has rectified them,” he said.

Players who are with the team and ready for the must win encounter are goalkeepers Farouk Shikalo, Metacha Mnata and Ramadhan Kabwili, defenders Juma Abdul, Ally Ahmed, Ally Mtoni, Lamine Moro and Muharram Said Issa.

Midfielders are Papy Tshishimbi, Feisal Salum, Mapinduzi Balama, Abdul Aziz Makame, Deus Kaseke and Jaffar Mohamed.

Attacking midfielders, veteran Mrisho Ngassa, Patrick Sibomana and Issa Bigirimana, and strikers Sadney Urikhob and Juma Balinya, also make the list.

Yanga went down 2-1 to the Egypt club in the first leg which took place at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

Should Yanga need to proceed to the group stage, they must beat the hosts by either two goals to nil or beyond that.

Pyramids FC head coach Sebastien Desabre is reported to have said that his charges are targeting a victory against Yanga in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff on Sunday.

He said although his charges won the first game, he is expecting a very difficult match on Sunday.

“Our opponents are also a good side, yes we won away game, but the second encounter will be a different game, we will not defend, we will attack the whole 90 minutes,” he is reported to have said.