Yanga coach unfazed by defeat

30Jun 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Yanga coach unfazed by defeat

YOUNG Africans coach Hans van Pluijm is adamant his team has yet to lose hope on achieving success in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup despite conceding a 1-0 loss to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s TP Mazembe at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

Marveile Bope scored the goal that separated the two sides after 74 minutes as he fully capitalized on the failure by Yanga defenders to clear a free kick by the visitors taken outside the penalty area.

The Dutch tactician declined to write off Yanga in the pursuit of a successful spell of the continental tournament and insisted his team will keep on giving its all in the remaining games.

He, as well, expressed dismay at his team’s failure to make the most of its scoring opportunities in the first half.

“In a game like this, you always have to take your chances and you have to score,” Pluijm said.

“I think TP Mazembe also have physically strong side, they played a physical game at the rear and I said earlier we shouldn’t play aerial balls…that was a big problem for us” he said.

“If you start playing high balls, you don’t get good results in the end. They have strong defenders, they are very good in the air,” he said.

The first half saw the host surge forward on several occasions and created good scoring opportunities but failed to convert the chances.

The Jangwani Street side made full use of the flanks, in which Juma Mahadhi and Deus Kaseke, tormented TP Mazembe’s defence and set up strikers, Zambian Aubrey Chirwa, and Zimbabwean Donald Ngoma, who however, failed to find the visitors’ back of the net.

TP Mazembe’s goalkeeper, Ivorian Sylvain Gbohou, was, at times, forced to come out of his comfort zone to thwart dangerous moves initiated by Yanga wingers.

Yanga had to increasingly rely on the wide players as the visitors’ towering central defenders put solid showing to contain the former’s strikers, Chirwa and Ngoma.
The hosts won four free kicks few metres outside TP Mazembe penalty area in the half but failed to make the most of the opportunities.

Yanga defence also did a good job to contain speedy Mazembe strikers, Ulimwengu and Roger Asale, and the former’s goalkeeper, Deogratius Munishi, was called into action on a few occasions in the process.

TP Mazembe settled in in the second half and posed threat on the hosts by launching counter attacks through Tanzanian striker, Ulimwengu, from time to time.

Ulimwengu, in one of his strong runs, felt he had won a penalty for his team deep in the second half when he sped into Yanga’s penalty area and was brought down by one of the defenders only for the referee, to decide the foul had been committed outside the area.

Yanga will therefore have to win their next game against Ghana’s Medeama, if they are to have any hopes of successfully battling for a place in the semi-finals.

Mazembe’s victory over Yanga has helped the DRC outfit continue tightening grip on the driver’s seat in group A of the tournament with six points from two games.
Mazembe had opened their campaign with a resounding 3-1 win over Medeama in the opening match played in Lubumbashi.

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