PICHA set piece
By Correspondent Michael Mwebe
YANGA's assistant coach, Juma Mwambusi, admits that the outift's midfielder, Carlos Sténio Fernandes Guimarães do Carmo ‘Carlinhos’, is still not at his best.
Carlinhos started for Yanga against both Mtibwa Sugar and Coastal Union in the Vodacom Premier League, and most recently, in a friendly game against Mwadui FC, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Friday and ended with Yanga winning 1-0.
The Angolan international has caught the eye, with his set piece delivery that has resulted in two league goals for Yanga plus a further one goal for himself so far.
However, Carlinhos remains somewhat short of full match sharpness.
And Mwambusi, who is taking charge of the team following the sacking of head coach Zlatko Krmpotic, is encouraged by Carlinhos’ form with Yanga so far.
He believes that the midfielder will only continue to get better, as he develops his fitness levels.
Mwambusi explained that Carlinhos has struggled to physically impose himself in games especially when played wide where more defensive output is needed.
“He is yet to hit the levels expected. If you have watched him, you would notice he still needs to gain full fitness. It will help him when deployed in wide positions.''
''For instance when he played wide, you could clearly see he failed to put a defensive shift. He is often run over by the opposition and there is little he can do as he struggles with fitness,” he said.
Mwambusi has given his support for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder and is confident there is more to come from him moving forward.
“We have to help him gain fitness, then we can start judging him not only on set piece delivery. He remains a good player and can do more,” he noted.
Eyebrows were raised when Yanga signed Carlinhos as a free agent from Angola's Interclube in the August transfer window, and it appears that he could have a key role to play over the course of the season.
Yanga’s latest friendly with Mwadui FC ended 1-0 in favour of the Yellow and Green army, with Ghanaian import, Michael Sarpong, finding the back of the net from an accurate long ball from Carlinhos.
The Jangwani Street side has made a bright start to the new campaign, and currently sits in third place in the Vodacom Premier League table.
They are next in action on Thursday next week, when they take on Polisi Tanzania at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.