Yanga looks for another step towards domestic treble  

08Apr 2023
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Yanga looks for another step towards domestic treble  

YANGA’s quest for a treble continues today when the club faces Geita Gold FC in this season’s Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) quarterfinals. 

Yanga's left fullback, Lomalisa Mutambala (R), dribbles past Geita Gold FC's winger Edmund John when the teams met in the 2022/23 NBC Premier League duel which took place in Dar es Salaam on March 12. Yanga garnered a 3-1 victory. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

The Jangwani Street club hosts the gold miners at Azam Complex Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening in a battle for the last quarterfinal berth in the ASFC.

With the Community Shield safely in the bag, a second successive Premier League title looking highly likely, and a place in the 2022/23 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals already on Yanga's list of achievements for the season, a further step towards ASFC glory will be expected from the squad.

Head coach Nasreddine Nabi’s boys are the ASFC defending champions as they won the showdown trophy last season as part of the famous 2021/22 treble-winning season.

This game comes after a great performance in the 2022/23 CAF Confederation Cup's away duel against Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s TP Mazembe where Yanga won 1-0 to top Group D ahead of Tunisia’s US Monastir.

Yanga booked its passage to the ASFC quarterfinals after thrashing Championship League side, Rhino Rangers, 7-0 in the round of 32 and edging Tanzania Prisons 4-1in the round of 16.

They are on a remarkable nine-game unbeaten run in the Federation Cup.

Having beaten Geita Gold FC three weeks ago, Nabi’s men will be confident of progressing to the semi-finals. They will rely on goal-getter Clement Mzize to do the job in front of the goal.

The young striker has been the default starter in ASFC games and has scored six goals so far.

This is a repeat of a league game that took place three weeks ago when Yanga came from behind to win 3-1 to extend their winning run to 11 league games.

It is also a repeat of last year’s ASFC quarterfinals match that Yanga won in a penalty shootout after the two sides were tied 1-1 in 90 minutes.

In head-to-head records, Yanga has won all five games against Geita Gold FC and is expected to flex its muscles once again to reach the semi-finals.

Geita Gold FC, meanwhile, is comfortably a mid-table club in the club's second top-flight season.

The team is in no danger of relegation this season nor are they fighting for a top-four place.

They are coming off back-to-back Premier League defeats. A 3-1 loss to Yanga was preceded by a 2-1 loss away to Namungo FC.

Fred Felix-coached Geita Gold FC began the squad's ASFC journey with a 1-0 win over Championship League side Transit Camp FC in the qualifying round.

The squad then claimed another slim 1-0 victory over non-league side Nzega United in the round of 32.

A round of 16 followed against Green Warriors, who went down 3-1 to Geita Gold FC.


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