Yanga face Zanaco test

11Mar 2017
Fred Ogot
The Guardian
Yanga face Zanaco test

Mainland defending champions Young Africans SC continue their quest for the African Champions League when they host Zanaco of Zambia in the first round, first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this afternoon.

The home side will need to win the home game in order to be in a safer side when they meet in the return leg next Saturday in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Yanga coach, Zambian tactician George Lwandamina believes that his team will use home ground advantage to stun the visitors.

“We have prepared well for the game and I have instructed my boys to do the needful in this crucial encounter,” Lwandamina said.

The home side go into the game with high morale especially after humiliating the Mainland First Division side, Kiluvya United, 6-1 in the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) match on Tuesday to qualify for the tournament’s quarter finals.

However, the Zambian champions are hoping to emulate Zesco United’s success in last year’s edition of the tournament, becoming the first club in Zambia to reach the semi-finals.

“If we go with the same attitude we went with in Rwanda, we should be able to come out with a good result,” Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba said, underlining that they were ready for the game.

“The most important thing is good preparations. We have done enough home work and we are ready for the game.

“From what we have seen so far we are set and ready to go and get a positive result in Tanzania,” he declared.

Numba believes home ground advantage won’t be a factor in today’s game.
“Football now has changed. There is no home ground advantage; the most important thing is application - that is what matters.

Knowing Yanga coach Lwandamina is an encouragement to Zanaco.
“Lwandamina is somebody we know, somebody we have worked with, we know his philosophy. I think that is what gives us encouragement and I do not think he is going to change much.”

Zanaco booked their date with the defending Mainland champions, after making it out of the preliminary round, with a 1-0 away win over APR of Rwanda on February 19, in Kigali to advance by the same aggregate scoreline.

Yanga qualified to face the Zambian side after eliminating Ngaya de Mde of Comoro with a 6-2 aggregate.

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