Yanga coach hails players

27May 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Yanga coach hails players

TRIUMPHANT Young Africans coach, Hans van Pluijm praised his team for showcasing stellar display in the Azam Sports Federation Cup final’s 3-1 win over Azam FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Hans van Pluijm

Burundian striker, Amisi Tambwe, scored two goals and winger, Deus Kaseke, nailed in the other to see the Jangwani Street squad lays hands on the silverware this season.
Yanga have also emerged as champions of this year’s Mainland premier league and will, thus, represent the country in the CAF Champions League next year.
“I have to congratulate my boys, they have done very well. Of course there are mistakes in football but, if you play the way we are playing we play to score goals,” the Dutch tactician enthused.
He refused to get into details on what his team needs to improve before taking part in the group stage of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup later next month, in which the team has been put into group A with Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe, Algeria’s Moloudia Bejaia and Ghana’s Medeama.

Azam were below par in the first half of the final, in which they struggled to create scoring opportunities and easily lost possession in the midfield on several occasions.

The team was a bit rejuvenated in the second half, in which it Yanga under pressure early on and managed to register an equaliser.

Yanga, though, regained dominance later and added two goals to put the game beyond their opponents.
The Federation Cup’s runners-up, though, stood a chance to take part in the CAF Confederation Cup, should the league winners lay hands on the Federation Cup’s top honour as well.

Azam, for that matter, will participate in the CAF Confederation Cup despite having suffered the defeat in the Federation Cup final, given Yanga had already landed a place in the CAF Champions League.

Azam had previously beat a National First Division League side, Panone FC of Kilimanjaro, 2-1 in the round of 16 of the Federation Cup and the former then cruised to a 3-1 victory over Prisons of Mbeya in the quarterfinal stage.

In the last four’s stage, Azam were forced to deploy all skils at their disposal to knock Mwadui FC of Shinyanga out on penalties.

Yanga had seen off Ruvuma’s Mlale JKT with a 2-1 win in the round of 16 send the former recorded a similar win over Ndanda FC of Mtwara in the last eight’s stage.

Yanga met Coastal Union of Tanga in the quarterfinals at the latter’s venue, Mkwakwani Stadium, and the former secured a 2-1 in the game that had ended prematurely because of violence by the hosts’ fans.
Yanga were eventually awarded victory by TFF and progressed to the final.

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