Mkwasa admits having big responsibility as Yanga prepare for Ndanda FC

07Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Mkwasa admits having big responsibility as Yanga prepare for Ndanda FC

AHEAD of his first Vodacom Premier League match in charge against Ndanda FC, Young Africans (Yanga) interim head coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa has admitted the responsibility of coaching the club weighs heavily but he is confident of success.

Charles Boniface Mkwasa

Mkwasa’s appointment came after the sacking of Mwinyi Zahera on Tuesday following a 3-0 defeat to Egypt’s Pyramids FC in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup group stage play offs’ return leg match played in Egypt.

The club, in a statement, confirmed that: “Mkwasa will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place until a new head coach is announced."

"He will be assisted by Said Maulid, while Dismas Ten will be the team manager and coordinator on an interim basis," the statement added.

On his return to the Jangwani Street-based side on Tuesday, Mkwasa said: "It's a big responsibility, taking on the role as coach, but we have to face the challenges ahead. We start training today and after that we will go through and see what has to be done.’’

The club legend will start work immediately and his first match in charge will be an away fixture against Ndanda FC at Nangwanda Sijaona Stadium on Friday in a must win game.

Yanga have four catch up matches as they find themselves 14 points behind league leaders Simba.

He issued a rallying crying that the all is well in the squad and all that is needed at the moment is unity and peace in the club.

“The atmosphere in the team is magnificent, the boys are in good morale. These are things that come and go but I urge for peace in and unity in the club to forge ahead,’’ he added.

Mkwasa's place in Yanga's folklore means he is likely to receive a rapturous welcome when they play their next home match against KMC FC on November 20 after the international break.

He is regarded as one of the club’s legends after donning the famous green and yellow jersey for 10 consecutive years from 1979 to 1989, when he retired to pursue his coaching career.

He has previously served the club as an assistant coach and secretary general.

Ndanda FC, meanwhile, have adapted well to life without their on and off coach, Malale Hamsini.

They are unbeaten in the last to two matches since Hamsini was unceremoniously sacked.

Last season Ndanda FC went unbeaten against Yanga by drawing both games.

They held Yanga to 1-1 draw at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in November, 2018 before claiming a 1-0 home win at the Nangwanda Stadium in Mtwara in April, 2019.

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