Yanga eye Township Rollers scalp

10Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga eye Township Rollers scalp

YANGA have disclosed they will settle for nothing short of a win in the first leg of the CAF Champions League's first round match against Township Rollers of Botswana that will be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

Yanga head coach, Mwinyi Zahera.

The Tanzania football big guns made their way back to Dar es Salaam early yesterday after a weeklong camp in Zanzibar which aimed at putting the squad in great shape.

Ramadhan Kabwili, Yanga's keeper, disclosed he and the rest of the squad have trained well for the clash and he believes they will get good results.

"Preparations for our first match in this competition have so far been good. I believe we will perform well today and get three points at home in an effort to minimize the workload in the return leg," Kabwili disclosed.

"I appeal to Tanzania's soccer fans to turn up at the stadium and cheer us, given we are representing the country in this competition. They should support us so we can perform well, I believe by God's grace we will excel."

Yanga played friendly matches against Zanzibar's top flight squads Malindi and Mlandege on Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to give the former's gaffers chance to spot the players' weaknesses and address them.

Yanga clobbered Mlandege 4-1 in the first match and the former later on managed 1-1 draw with Malindi.

Yanga had also locked horns with Kenya's Kariobangi Sharks in a friendly, which was held in Dar es Salaam last week, and ended with the two outfits settling for a 1-1 draw.

The Jangwani Street side had also trained in Morogoro for over a month to stay in great shape before taking part in the premier continental tournament at the club level and other assignments.

The Tanzania soccer big guns are ironically coming up against familiar foes, given the two locked horns in the first round of the competition in the 2017/18 season.

Yanga faced an early exit from the competition as they conceded a 2-1 aggregate loss to Township Rollers.

The Tanzania club went down 2-1 to their opponents at the National Stadium and the former then held the latter to a 0-0 draw in Gaborone.

Meanwhile, Correspondent Joseph Mchekadona reports Tanzania’s other representatives in CAF Champions League, Simba SC, yesterday jetted into Beira, Mozambique safely for today’s first leg of the tournament’s first round game against Uniao Desportiva do Songo.

The Mainland Premier League champions chartered a plane from Dar es Salaam yesterday morning and arrived in Beira in the afternoon.

Information from the club’s official website said after arriving in Mozambique they had some training.

“The team has arrived well and safely in Beira, Mozambique, we are looking forward to tomorrow’s game,” said information from the club.

The team arrived with 19 strong squad which is made up of newly recruited players and those who have been retained, accompanied by head coach Patrick Aussems, club and Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) officials.

The players who are in Mozambique for the clash are Beno Kakolanya, Gadiel Michael, Shomari Kapombe, Erasto Nyoni, Pascal Wawa, Jonas Mkude, Sharaf Shiboub, Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere.

Others are captain John Bocco, Clatous Chama, Ally Salim, Mohamed Hussein, Tairone da Silva, Mzamiru Yasin, Gerson Vieira, Deo Kanda, Rashid Juma and Hassan Dilunga.

Coach Aussems recently told the media that his charges are ready for the encounter and promised good results in Mozambique.

“The game in Mozambique will not be that easy, but we are ready for them and our aim is to register the required results,” he said.

The return leg is set for the weekend of August 23-25 at National Stadium.

Winners of the two-legged encounter will play either FC Platinum of Zimbabwe or Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi in the next stage.

On paper Simba are favorites as last season saw the club reach the quarterfinals of CAF Champions League while US do Songo were eliminated in the group stage. However in modern football there are small teams.