CAF envoys resume league title pursuit

13Apr 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
CAF envoys resume league title pursuit

MAINLAND’S representatives in this year’s edition of CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, Young Africans and Azam FC, respectively, are back in the saddle to search for more points in their quest for the premiership title.

yanga vs azam

Holders Young Africans will be at their National Stadium base to host visiting Mwadui FC from Shinyanga in their return leg of the league.Azam will be at home to check Mtibwa Sugar in a match billed to be a tough encounter basing on the teams’ form.

Both Azam and Yanga are seeking to close in on leaders Simba who are perched at the standings table with 57 points after 24 appearances. Azam are third placed in the table with 52 points in 23 appearances.

Results of the matches are purely unpredictable despite nature of the circumstances as Mwadui and Mtibwa Sugar have nothing to lose as they are outside the title chase frame. All the visiting teams are playing for pride but would still not kick off the matches with heads down.

Mtibwa Sugar coach Mecky Maxime has always been adamant to let his team concede defeat whenever playing against Azam. Azam coach Stewart Hall will have to prove to his employers his worth after drawing two previous league matches to drop crucial four points, a serious halt to title campaign.

Azam who beat visiting Tunisian side Esperance during the first leg game of the CAF Confederation Cup at their very base of Chamazi on Sunday, have a tricky tie against the sugar manufacturers.

Yanga who drew 1-1 with visiting National Al Ahly of Egypt during the first leg game of the CAF Champions League’s last 16 on Saturday, have a must win game against the team that has never won in their five previous matches.With coach Jamhuri Kiwhelu on Mwadui’s bench, certainly Yanga have to take a cautious approach in today’s game.

Kihwelu who in the past used to feature for Yanga archrivals Simba, is always transferring his rivalry to Yanga whenever he leads a team against the old foes. Kihwelu will be all out to prove his worth for the team in its maiden premiership berth to stay safe from relegation.