Burundian midfielder's return boosts Yanga's preps

08Apr 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Burundian midfielder's return boosts Yanga's preps

YANGA's interim head coach, Juma Mwambusi, says that the return of the outfit's Burundian midfielder Said Ntibanzokiza has increased the fighting spirit of the team that lead this season's Vodacom Premier League.

Said Ntibanzokiza. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Having played a total of 23 matches in the league, Yanga have collected a total of 50 points followed closely by their traditional hometown rivals, Simba, with 46 points after taking part in 20 matches.

The Burundian midfielder was out of action due to injuries he sustained in the top flight game against Tanzania Prisons.

Ntibazonkiza, nicknamed 'Saido', regained fitness and turned out for Yanga in this year's Mapinduzi Cup's final, which had the team confronting Simba and coming out victorious.

When he recovered he joined the Burundi's senior national team in a bid to secure a ticket to the Africa Cup of Nations' finals.

Already Burundi's dream of qualifying for the continental showpiece's finals has melted away, as it is the case for their neighbours, Tanzania.

The midfielder has consequently returned to his team to continue working for them.

Mwambusi said: "Saido is back and so he is increasing the number of players who continue to train, it is a comfort to us as we believe he has recovered and he has come to continue working."

Yanga will next lock horns with Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC in the Premier League clash, which will take place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dares Salaam on April 10.

The top flight will resume in the next two days after it was suspended due to the mourning of the country's fifth term President, the late John Pombe Magufuli.

If Ntibazonkiza is fit, he will probably be part of the squad that will face KMC FC.

The KMC FC has as well continued training to prepare for the game against Yanga.

The side has been at their best this season as it has won 10 of the 24 matches it has played.

The KMC FC is lately positioned fifth in the Premier League's standing.

The team's assistant coach, Habib Kondo said: “The squad has already entered the camp in preparation for our match with Yanga and the Federation Cup matches.''

He disclosed: “Our goal is to do well in all our remaining matches so that we can finish in the top positions in the league standings.''

"Competition in the league has increased considering every team are fighting to finish in a good position so we must make adequate preparations so that we can do well in every match including our match against Yanga," he said.

The outfit has collected 35 point. The squad has posted victory in 10 matches, draw in five and loss in nine matches.

In the first round match between Yanga and KMC FC, which was played at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, Yanga posted 2-1 victory over KMC FC.

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