Yanga still optimistic of qualifying for CAF Champions League

08Mar 2018
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Yanga still optimistic of qualifying for CAF Champions League

YANGA SC has said it ishopeful of progressing to the group stage of this year's CAF Champions League,much as the side went down 2-1 Township Rollers of Botswana in the first leg of the first round in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

Shadrack Nsajigwa

Speaking in post match interview, Yanga's assistant coach Shadrack Nsajigwa said in the second leg, which will be played on March 17 in Botswana, his side will go flat out seeking to score more goals in a bid to progress to the group stage premier club competition in the continent.

He said losing 2-1 at home did not demoralize his side but rather gave the team a renewed energy and purpose.

In his assessment, the tactician said they were disappointed that they did not get the desired results at home but assured all Tanzanians that they will do everything possible to win away in Botswana.

“They beat us 2-1 at home, we are also capable of doing the same at their back yard, the good thing is that we have assessed how they play, their weaknesses and strength," Nsajigwa said.

"We will analyze what went wrong with us and hopefully with good preparations we will turn the tables in Botswana.”

On paper, Nsajigwa's statement is achievable but in reality it is an uphill task considering the fact that the visitors played with full confidence.

Against all odds, Yanga believed in cold comfort that they would win the game easily at home, they did not start the match well until when Rollers took the lead on the 11th minute through Lemponye Tshireletso' powerful strike.                                                                                                                                               .

In the build up to the goal, Tshirelesto neatly controlled the ball and hit a blistering shot from outside Yanga's penalty box.

After the Township Rollers goal, Yanga put a more inspired performance and levelled on the 31st minute through Zambian import Aubrey Chirwa.

After the goal the home side kept on probing the visitors, the former possessed  the ball well in the middle and the final third               of the pitch but could not find the back of the net.

After recess, both teams played carefully as they were attacking and defending with a purpose. Both sides continued going forward in the second half but the game became less open than in the first quarter.

After some good passes, the hosts notched a goal on the 68th minute through striker Pius Buswita but referee ruled it as offside.

Rollers grabbed the second goal through Motsholesti Sikele on the 83rd minute. The buildup was a brilliant team goal, as the outfit's players stringed 20 clean and complete passes while Yanga players were chasing shadows.

The second goal looked to have demoralized Yanga players as they started playing without a clear purpose.

After the match, Yanga's head coach George Lwandamina said his side has lost to a better team but the battle is not over.

Rollers' head coach Nikola Kavazovic that his team’s hard work had paid off.