Yanga coach Kaze happy with players' attitude 

12Jan 2022
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga coach Kaze happy with players' attitude 

YANGA's assistant coach, Cedrick Kaze, says the team is close to meeting the standard of play it is looking for ahead of the NBC Premier League, which is set to get back to action this weekend.

Yanga's assistant coach, Cedric Kaze.

The club was, on Tuesday, knocked out of 2022 Mapinduzi Cup's semi-final by fellow NBC Premier League side, Azam FC, with 9-8 defeat in post-match penalties.

Kaze, who is heading Yanga in the absence of head coach Nasreddine Nabi, said although the team lost to Azam FC he has seen some positives in the squad.

"Frankly I made some mistakes in substitution, but, all in all, the team is playing well... it is heading to what we want,'' he said.

Kaze said during the Mapinduzi Cup he was demanding the players to adapt to his philosophy of fast-flowing football and they all adapted to the approach.

He said he asked the players to think fast, act fast and move fast with the ball.

The tactician revealed: "All players are hard-working and are willing to learn philosophy, they have talent.''

''We have players with height, speed, and determination.''

“I am happy that we have players that are willing to work extremely hard and are proud of their team,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Yanga fullback, Kibwana Shomari, says he has yet to improve and that makes him seek to work hard.

Kibwana joined Yanga in the 2020/21 season from Mtibwa Sugar and has been the first choice fullback since his current side was under the tutelage of Zlatko Krmpotic.

The fullback noted: ''I still feel that I have not reached the level of performance I'm looking to showcase, I still have a lot to do to improve.''

"I think in the beginning there were people who did not have confidence in me but I believe that working hard and putting God first are important issues in football."

The footballer is currently out of action as he picked an injury in a league match against Simba SC, and is expected to be flown to Tunisia for treatment.

Shomari has played a total of 11 matches for Yanga in the 2021/22 season, posting 587 minutes.

The overlapping fullback has executed one assist in the 20 goals Yanga has netted.

Written By Joseph Mchekadona & Ismail Tano