The deposed African champions TP Mazembe made full use of their home ground advantage to freeze visiting Ghanaian Madema FC by 3-1 goals in the first leg match played at their Lubumbashi backyard at the weekend.
Yanga remain second from bottom of the opening round standings after crushing to a lone goal loss at the hands of their hosts Mo Bejaea of Algeria in the first leg played under floodlights on early morning hours yesterday.
The defeat has left Yanga with five games in the series, two of them on away soil and the balance at home. Before dust has settled, Yanga have a daunting task of hosting TP Mazembe at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this weekend.
The Tanzanian champions are meeting a Congolese side for the second time in less than five years after their debacle with another Lubumbashi-based team, St. Lupopo.
The weekend game is a must win for the Dares Salaam side if they are to keep alive hopes of featuring in the semi-final stages of the CAF’s second rated club tournament.
While Yanga host TP Mazembe at home this weekend, Mo Bejaea will have to travel to Accra and play against the Ghanaian side, Madema.
The Algeria side is second in the standings table after home win over Yanga over the weekend based on inferior goal aggregate. Otherwise, the Algerian side has amassed three points, same as TP Mazembe at the end of the opening group stage matches.
Yanga are expected to fly back home quick enough to organise preparations for their crunch match against the DRC giants, TP Mazembe.
Meanwhile, Yanga coach Hans van Pluijm says his striking force is likely to be affected by yellow cards they conceded during the game against Mo Bajaea.
Those who conceded yellow cards include Donald Ngoma, Amisi Tambwe, Simon Msuva and Haruna Niyonzima while overlapping defender Hadji Mwinyi was flashed with red. Any of those players might possibly be suspended once they concede another yellow in the subsequent games.