Pluijm: We lost but not out

21Jun 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Pluijm: We lost but not out

YOUNG Africans (Yanga) SC head coach Hans Pluijim says the team has chances despite losing 1-0 away to Mo Bejaia in the opening match of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage played in Algeria on Sunday.

YOUNG Africans head coach Hans Pluijim (r) and his assistant, Juma Mwambusi

In a monitored post match news conference the coach said despite losing the match, his team had learnt some lessons. He promised to perform well against TP Mazembe of Congo in their next game at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“We dominated and played well, but in football you can dominate without putting the ball in the net. We have taken a lot of positive points from the game. Our hosts are a good team, we have to forget these results and look the way forward against our next opponents,” he said.

Pluijim said after the host scored in the 20th minute through Yacin Salhi, the tempo of the game changed as his side played well looking for an equaliser. However, Bejaia were playing more defensively and attacking using wings.

He said all the focus is on TP Mazembe and with his technical staff planning how to defeat the former African champions.

“We will go back and plan. All players are down, but full of confidence and I am proud of them, it’s just unfortunate, we could not score,” he said.

The coach further said he is still optimistic over good results in their match against TP Mazembe.

“We know TP Mazembe are a good side with a lot of experience in International games, but we will plan well for them I hope playing at home will be an added advantage to us. We will play them with confidence, “he said.

Prior to the game Yanga had a five days training camp in Istanbul, the camp which the Dutch tactician described it as very good. He said it helped the players to stay focused and also build confidence.