Nsajigwa: Yanga ready for Rayon Sports match

16May 2018
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Nsajigwa: Yanga ready for Rayon Sports match

TANZANIA's soccer giants, Yanga, have said they are ready for today's CAF Confederation Cup's group D match against Rayon Sports of Rwanda slated to take place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.


Yanga's assistant coach Shadrack Nsajigwa said yesterday that his charges have prepared well for the game as they know it is important for them to qualify for the quarterfinals of the event.

He said although the two teams have not meet recently, the technical panel of Yanga is aware of how Rwanda teams play.   

“We are ready for them, it's our hope that tomorrow we will register the required results, we don’t know more about how they play but many Rwanda teams play fast football and are good in attacking from the wings," he said.

“They are a good side and very disciplined but they have their shortfalls as well, which we can capitalise on, so, we should respect them but we shouldn’t fear them.”

The coach also said they worked hard to bring the morale of the players high as well as seeing to it the players forget results of past games.

The Jangwani Street-based team has not registered impressive results in the past seven games in all competitions, with Nsajigwa saying what was left of his charges was having self-belief.

“When you are coming back from poor results, the morale and self belief may be down but we have worked on that, I can assure all of our supporters and fans that we are ready by that," he disclosed. 

"I mean we have determination to fight and play according to game plan for the entire 90 minutes without any lapse in concentration because just one slip could prove fatal, We should at all cost avoid making silly mistakes.”

He also said the return of striker Aubrey Chirwa and defender Kelvin Yondani has boosted the team.

He disclosed the presence of nine players who  played the match against USM Alger in Algeria moreover gives his side the mental strength of facing the opponents at home.

The domestic giants will be without midfielder Said Makapu who accumulated two yellow cards, as well as Congolese midfielder and Papi Tshitshimbi, but Nsajigwa said there is nothing to worry about as the team has many players who are capable of playing at any position.

Yanga SC lost 4-0 to USM Alger in the former's first away match in the group D of the CAF Confederation Cup, whereas Rayon Sports managed a 1-1 draw with Gor Mahia of Kenya in Kigali.

The Rwandan giants are already in Dar es Salaam and the team's head coach Ivan Minneart is reported to have said his charges are aiming at collecting all three points so that they can stand a chance of progressing to the quarterfinals.

He said he is confident that they will go home with all three points.

“The aim of coming here is to win, in football anything can happen but we are well prepared for the game, we want to progress to another level,"  he said.  

Rayon Sports will be without their star defender Faustin Usengimana and the coach is reported to have said playing without the centre-back is a huge blow.

Usengimana will miss the clash as he has accumulaed two yellow cards from previous two games.

Today's match will be officiated by referees from Angola Helder Martins De Carvalho, Ivanildo Meirelles de O Sanche Lopes and Wilson Valdmiro Ntyamba.

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