Yanga eye redemption in Federation Cup

30Jun 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga eye redemption in Federation Cup

HAVING suffered the indignity of seeing their rivals, Simba SC, crowned Premier League champions for the third time in a row, Young Africans SC (Yanga) have little time to lick their wounds.

Yanga players congratulate their team mate, Deus Kaseke, who netted a goal for the squad in a Vodacom Premier League match against Ndanda FC, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. PHOTO; COURTESY OF YANGA

They  will be looking to progress to the semi-finals of the Azam Sports Federation Cup when they host Kagera Sugar at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

Yanga's chance of redemption will be paramount as the Azam Sports Federation Cup represents their only hope of winning a trophy this season.

They are aiming at winning this competition in order to represent Tanzania in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

As things stand, soccer fans should expect a fierce contest as Kagera Sugar, under head coach Mecky Mexime, are not pushovers whenever they face big boys.

Either squad is determined to progress to the semi-finals, and due to their apparent safety at the top of the league table, the squads will not have a problem in going after the Federation Cup trophy.

Moreover, both Yanga and Kagera Sugar coaches have an emotional reason to go after the domestic cup as well.

Yanga are seeking to make up for an unfulfilling league campaign and prove that they are still a team to be feared.

And for Mexime he intends  to announce that their league triumph in the game against Yanga was not a fluke.

Yanga have a deeper and more talented roster than Kagera Sugar on paper.

Matches, though, are not played on paper as Luc Eymael charges found out in the 3-0 drubbing early this year at the same venue.

Kagera Sugar will be looking at their attacking duo of Yusuph Mhilu and Kelvin Sabato to inflict damage on Yanga once again.

Mhilu already has 16 goals and four assists in all competitions so far this season, and, for Yanga, it feels like if they can keep the duo quiet, that may be most of the battle won.

In Lindi, a relegation-threatened Alliance FC will be looking to pull off an upset against hosts Namungo FC who are tough to beat at home.

The last time these two locked horns, spoils were shared with a 1-1 scoreline.