Yanga, Ruvu face off

21Jan 2018
Adam Fungamwango
Guardian On Sunday
Yanga, Ruvu face off

MAINLAND Premier League defending champions Young Africans SC throw another card in their title defence when they meet Ruvu Shooting FC of Coast Region at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

Yanga SC

The match is vital for Yanga as it will need to win so as to improve its chances of title defence, while a loss or draw puts in peril their capacity for turnaround as it hasn't won any three straight games in the rounds played so far.

In their last outing, the Jangwani Street outfit came out bruised in a goalless draw with Mwadui FC, and this after having sustained a painful 0-2 loss to hard hitting Mbao FC of Mwanza, and also after a 1-1 draw against Prisons FC of Mbeya.

Yanga are slotted at fifth place with 22 points, and takes the pitch today without dependable striker Obrey Chirwa who is serving a three match suspension for indiscipline.

It will be the second match of his absence on suspension, after having missed the Mwadui FC encounter.

It is unclear if head coach George Lwandamina will be on the bench as in the earlier match he was on the stands, on a bar raised on his work permit, that it has already expired and no new one has been issued.

If relevant procedures have been completed the coach might take his place at the technical bench, or otherwise remain confined to the stands.

Assistant coach Shadrack Nsajigwa said the technical bench has conducted changes to stem drawbacks noticed in the previous game, thus expressing optimism of doing well in today's match.

Ruvu Shooting is on the contrary said to be in bad condition, stuck at the relegation zone on number 15 out of 16 teams in the top flight, having garnered 11 points so far. 

In its last encounter they suffered a 0-1 loss to strong contenders Singida United at the latter's venue, Kambarage Stadium in Shinyanga.