Yanga eyes local, international friendlies to bolster fitness

25Jan 2024
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
Yanga eyes local, international friendlies to bolster fitness

YANGA’s leadership has revealed that the outfit is scheduled to play local and international friendly fixtures to keep the players fit for the resumption of the 2023/24 NBC Premier League, CAF Champions League, and Azam Sports Federation Cup next month.

 

Ali Kamwe, Yanga's Media and Communication Manager, said that the club will, from next week, begin playing local and international friendly games and the schedule will be revealed soon after finalizing deals with the teams the outfit wishes to face.

He said that the friendlies are the only remaining part of the preparation for the side that started training in Kigamboni at the beginning of last week.

Yanga is set to start friendly matches with a tie against Second Division League side, Dar City FC, before playing international games.

"The squad is in intense training and until the beginning of next week, all the players will be in the camp except for those who are in the national team duties,” the official noted.

“We will make clear the schedules of friendly games so that the fans can be sure of them and watch their team," he said.

Yanga- under head coach Miguel Gamondi- entered the camp immediately after finishing a short break given to players after participating in the 2024 Mapinduzi Cup.

Some of Yanga's footballers who are in the camp continuing to train are Ghanaian winger Augustine Okrah who was signed during the mini-registration window and then got injured while participating in the 2024 Mapinduzi Cup tournament.

Yanga's vice president, Arafat Haji, noted the officials have started looking for the teams the squad will lock horns with.

The official pointed out that he believes that the process will not take long because they have a good relationship with many teams in East Africa.

"Our goal is to find strong teams that will give our team good opposition according to the competitions we participate in, that's why I said the process of searching for those teams has started and our mission is to play those matches," Haji revealed.

The leader revealed doing well in all competitions is Yanga’s target this season, therefore, they are struggling to ensure that they give the club’s head coach what he needs to make it easier for him to make his mission a success.

Yanga is currently sitting second in the NBC Premier League log with 30 points behind leader Azam FC- leading with 31 points and having taken part in two more games.

In this season’s CAF Champions League’s Group D, Yanga has collected five points, having featured in one more game than group leader Al Ahly.

The Egypt outfit is sitting at the top of Group D with five points in the bag while the Algerian outfit, CR Belouizdad, is positioned second with four points.

Ghanaian outfit Medeama SC, placed at the bottom of the group, has tied CR Belouizdad on points, the latter though area head based on having a better goal difference.