Kagera Sugar ready for Yanga, says coach

15Jan 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kagera Sugar ready for Yanga, says coach

KAGERA Sugar head coach Mecky Maxime said his side is ready for today’s Vodacom Premier League encounter with Young Africans (Yanga), which will be played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Kagera Sugar head coach Mecky Mexime

Mexime whose side is coming from 2-1 defeat in the hands of Polisi Tanzania said they have prepared well for the game against Yanga as the aim is to collect maximum points.

He said he knows that playing Yanga at Uhuru Stadium will not be easy but they are prepared for the challenge.

He acknowledges that in Yanga, they will face a side that is resilient and aggressive defensively and offensively.

“Everybody in our team is now fresh both physically and psychologically, we have put the last week results behind us and the focus now is on tomorrow (today’s) game against Yanga,” he insisted.

“It will not be easy but we are ready for them, they are good and are made up of experienced and upcoming players but we will contain them,” he disclosed.

Kagera Sugar sit on eighth spot in the league table with 24 points from 12 games while Yanga have 25 points from 12 points and they are on placed seventh in the 20-team league.

The Bukoba-based side who depend on experienced players like Kelvin Sabato, Edward Christopher and Juma Nyoso, have had poor form in the recent Premier League games as they lost 1-0 to Coastal Union and conceded 2-1 defeat to Ruvu Shooting.

They then posted goal less draw with Ndanda and lost 3-1 to Mtibwa Sugar.

On the other hand, today’s game will be the first assignment for Yanga’s Belgian head coach Luc Eymael and the outfit’s information officer, Hassan Bumbuli, said he is optimistic his side can claim all three points today.

“Recently, our performance in the league has been good and the morale and confidence levels of the players is very high,” Bumbuli said.

 “I’m sure they will play well so they can show our new coach how good they are... our previous results are giving us confidence that if we can play the way we did we can obviously carry the day,” he said.

The Jangwani Street based side was knocked out of the semi-finals of the just ended Mapinduzi Cup by Mtibwa Sugar on post-match penalties.

Yanga, though, have full confidence after their 2-2 draw against their rivals, Simba, in the Premier League.

Before playing Simba, Yanga beat Biashara United1-0, the latter as well edged Prisons 1-0.

Yanga had also settled for barren draw with Mbeya City FC, they notched 1-1 one all draw with KMC FC and beat Alliance FC 2-1.

Yanga’s fine run in the Premier League is mainly due to the players which the club has.

The squad has Balama Mapinduzi, Patrick Sibomana, Mrisho Ngassa, Kelvin Yondani and Deus Kaseke who can dictate the match’s proceedings and bring the desired results to their club.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the club’s information officer has placed his hopes on them.

“These guys have vast experience. Owing to our past glories, I believe they will drive the team to another success, and for sure Kagera will have difficulties in beating us, I’m not underrating them, they are a good side but we will beat them,” he said.

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