Yanga look to continue fine form

02Dec 2019
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga look to continue fine form

YOUNG Africans (Yanga) will look to continue their fine form in the Vodacom Premier League when they welcome KMC FC at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam today afternoon.

Yanga, the 27-time league champions, secured a fifth straight league win by defeating Mwanza’s Alliance FC 2-1 away on November 29, courtesy of goals by Patrick Sibomana and David Molinga.

 

That run also includes a 3-2 victory over JKT Tanzania, two 1-0 wins against Ndanda FC and Coastal Union.

Yanga are still very much in the title race as they have only played seven games in the league thus far compared to the 10 outings log leaders Simba SC have had.

Yanga have plenty of ground to make up though as they are nine points adrift of log leaders but do have three games to make up the points difference.

Charles Boniface Mkwasa has not been given a timeframe for how long he should expect to serve as interim head coach of Yanga and knows this match is another chance to continue his audition for a permanent appointment.

Burly striker Molinga will be the man to watch for Yanga. Molinga, a transfer deadline signing, has already netted four league goals, including two in his last two matches.

To keep Simba within sight, Yanga need to win against a struggling KMC FC side that is out to put an end to their poor run this season.

Due to congestion in the middle of the table a victory could thrust Yanga up into the top five.

Meanwhile, KMC FC extended their winless run to three matches when they lost 2-0 away to Mwanza’s Mbao on Tuesday last week.

The Kinondoni Municipal Council-owned side has claimed eight points from 10 games to languish in the relegation zone.

In a humbling period for a side that finished fourth last season, KMC FC coach Ahmad Ally has taken the reins on an interim basis after the sacking of Jackson Mayanja at the Kinondoni-based club and oversaw the squad’s 2-1 victory over Biashara United before suffering three consecutive losses against Kagera Sugar, Alliance FC and Mbao FC.

The club’s new signings, Salim Aiyee and Vitalis Mayanga, who between them scored a combined 28 league last season have not made any impact.

The team has scored six goals so far which is a source of concern for the technical bench.

In head-to-head terms, this will be the third top-flight meeting between Yanga and KMC FC.

Yanga completed a league double by winning 1-0 and 2-1 against KMC FC last season.

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