Yanga, Azam ease CAF League workloads

14Mar 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Yanga, Azam ease CAF League workloads

MAINLAND representatives in this year’s CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup, Young Africans and Azam FC have eased workload for return leg ties to be played at their respective home turfs in a fortnight to come after positing wins in away first legs.

Azam who emerged triumphant after notching three goals over South Africa’s top flight side of Bidvest last Saturday, will certainly be playing their return leg with highly comfortable ease.

However, football has its own miracles as the visitors might as well overturn the three goals defeat into a comfortable victory! Whatever the case it’s the visitors who will be playing the game under intense pressure.

Yanga has a different case in their return leg despite the 2-1 goal victory posted at the packed Amahoro Stadium in Kigali last Saturday.

Yanga who led by two goals for long spells during the game would have avoided the last-gasp goal scored deep into stoppage time.

However, a victory is always beneficial for these kind of matches as Yanga would be playing without any sort of tension beside huge home crowd support. A draw of any kind will boost the home side to book a place in the subsequent stage of the tournament. It will depend on how coach Hans van Pluijm shuffles his cards while facing the visiting army side.

Records shows Yanga have never been beaten by APR in matches staged in Dar es Salaam, particularly those of the Kagame Cup championships. The rich background against APR is what will provide the Mainland Tanzania champions with huge psychological boost ahead of the return leg.

Should Yanga cross the APR hurdle, is when they will be up against highly formidable opponents, most likely Egyptian National Al Ahly.

Likewise, Azam will also come to a stern test to face one of Northern Africa football giants. Coach Stewart John Hall has huge task of showcasing his prowess against those teams that have been stumbling block to most of Dar clubs in continental soccer.

Meanwhile, Zanzibar’s JKU lost by 4-0 goals at the hands of Uganda’s Sports Club Villa in the first leg match played at the Namboole Stadium in Kampala last Saturday. The Zanzibar side is virtually out of the CAF Confederation Cup unless they stage a stellar performance to subdue the Ugandans at the Amaan Stadium, a fortnight later