Wobbly Yanga bank on miracles

28Jul 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Wobbly Yanga bank on miracles

BOTTOM-placed Young Africans are virtually out of the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup after lacklustre performance.

Yanga defender Juma Abdul (partly hidden (L) chases Medeama striker during their return leg played in Sekondi on Tuesday. The Ghanaian side won by 3-1 goals to blow Yanga hopes for CAF semifinal progression.

The Tanzanian champions lost their third group stage game on Tuesday to herald strong march towards the exit door as triumphant Ghanaian Medeama secured a potential lifeline on their way to semi-final progression.

Medeama made full use of their home ground advantage to pulverise visiting Young Africans by 3-1 goals amid missing a penalty and host of scoring chances that would have given them a feast of goals.

Yanga failed to control the Ghanaian side which was enjoying a home ground advantage in their slightly soggy pitch to pump in all the goals during the opening half.

Yanga missing their Togolese centre-back Vincent Boussou looked highly vulnerable at the rear as they failed to take control of the fast-rushing Ghanaians.

Save for goalkeeper Deogratius Munishi who rescued his team from more embarrassing defeat, when he saved a penalty awarded to the host side after Yanga centre-back Nadir Haroub fouled Medeama striker who was on his way to score inside the box.

On the other end of the pitch, Simon Msuva converted the penalty that consoled the visitors in the game.
Regardless of yesterday’s results between group leaders TP Mazembe and Mo Bejaia in Lubumbashi, Yanga completely bank on miracles to sail through the semi-fianl berth.

With just single point dangling on their fingers, Young Africans have two games to wind up the group stage fixtures as they gear up for TP Mazembe in their very next assignment. TP Mazembe will be at their base in Kinshasa waiting for the Tanzanian side for the return leg encounter.

Algerian Mo Bejaia are expected to host rejuvenated Medeama at their base in Algiers as the Ghanaians look upbeat to squeeze for the semi-final progression. Medeama will wind up their final game at home to TP Mazembe as Yanga will eb at home to the Algerian club.

Yanga have been beaten by all the three teams of their group as the Tanzanian team is still searching for it’s first victory in teh group stage phase.

Only two teams will advance to the semi-final stage of the championship and the other crash out.