VPL title contenders Yanga, Azam FC eye home wins

15Jan 2020
Michael Mwebe
Zanzibar
The Guardian
VPL title contenders Yanga, Azam FC eye home wins

THE 2019/20 Vodacom Premier League action will continue today with two matches taking place.

Azam Football Club

Title contenders, Young Africans (Yanga) and Azam FC will be in action as they look to close down the gap on leaders Simba.

The two teams are coming into these league encounters having both been eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2020 Mapinduzi Cup, held in Zanzibar.

At Uhuru Stadium, Yanga will welcome a wounded Kagera Sugar side that has gone five league matches without a win after they were beaten 2-1 by host Police Tanzania last week.

After watching from the stands as Yanga battled Mtibwa Sugar in the 2020 Mapinduzi Cup semi-final match, the former’s newly appointed head coach Luc Eymael is expected to take charge for the first time.

The Belgian has been handed an 18-month contract as the permanent successor to Congolese Mwinyi Zahera, who was sacked in November after a poor start in the league.

While a fourth consecutive loss would put coach Kagera Sugar head coach Mecky Mexime on the spot, it will be interesting to see Yusuph Mhilu turn his sword against his former employers.

Mhilu, a former Yanga striker, now plies his trade with Kagera Sugar and is expected to lead the latter’s attacks.

His six goals so far in the competition are only bettered by Simba’s Meddie Kagere (10) and Lipuli FC’s duo of Paul Nonga (eight) and Daruweshi Saliboko (seven).

In head-to-head stats, Yanga and Kagera Sugar have met in 18 league matches since 2008.

Yanga have claimed 15 wins compared to three for Kagera Sugar.

The Green and Yellow side has won all of their nine home league matches against Kagera Sugar.

Meanwhile, Azam will host Lipuli FC in a late kick off at the National Stadium. Azam who could go third in the log with a victory will take comfort in the fact that their visitors from Iringa have not won in the last six away matches

Iddi Selemani and Obrey Chirwa will be the key players for Azam while the visitors will rely on Paul Nonga and Darweshi Saliboko who have 15 league goals between them.

In head-to-head stats, Azam and Lipuli FC have met in 4 league matches since 2017/18.

The ice cream makers have claimed one win while three matches have been drawn.

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