Turgid defence buoys Yanga ahead of derby

29Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Turgid defence buoys Yanga ahead of derby

HOLDERS Young Africans will be kicking off the Mainland premier league derby against archrivals Simba with tight defence as an added advantage at the National Stadium tomorrow.

Kagera Sugar coach Mecky Mexime (R) smiles while following through a premiership match against African Lyon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday. Kagera won 2-0.

Yanga have conceded a single goal in five appearances after a rollercoaster display of keeping clean sheets for four matches in a row.

The goal conceded by the champions at the Kambarage Stadium in Shinyanga on Sunday is the only one that tarnished their otherwise good run in their title retention bid.

However, the team has scored eight goals in the five matches they have played for a positive aggregate of seven. The defensive turgidity gives them an edge over their rivals who have conceded two goals in six appearances so far.

However, defending without scoring cannot earn victory as well as points. As contrasted to their archrivals Simba, Yanga are taking to the field on Saturday with distracted attention having conceded their first defeat of the season in their very previous league encounter away from their base.

Yanga’s dependable marksmen that include Burundian Amisi Tambwe and Zimbabwean Donald Ngoma are still in deep slumber as they need to score and ease their team’s dream title hat-trick at the end of the season.

Yanga won the league title after losing one match against relegated Coastal Union on January 30 as they ended the season jubilantly.

However, this time the season has become turbulent early on as they need to organise their tactics and face challenge by their opponents. While it took the entire first half of the season to lose the match in Tanga, this time Yanga tumbled after just four matches in Shinyanga.

Yanga’s defenders in the likes of Vincent Boussou, Mbuyu Twite and Juma Abdul looks to be formidable as the team has been playing superbly at the rear.

As every match is different from the other, nobody knows exactly what will happen on Saturday between the two teams as form does in most cases don’t determine the winner.

For the past four seasons Yanga were pushovers until the very last season when they managed to tame Simba in both legs of the league to win with identical 2-0 goals.
Not much has been changed in Yanga’s squad as contrasted to samba that has injected several new blood for reinforcement.

While Yanga have remained with their Dutch coach Hans van Pluijm, Simba have switched to take on board Cameroon’s Joseph Omog, who previously used to be with another Dar es Salaam title contenders, Azam FC.