Yanga walk on tight rope

26Jul 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Yanga walk on tight rope

TANZANIA representatives in this year’s edition of Confederation of African Football Cup, Young Africans meet Ghanaian side Medeama in a must win situation if they are to keep their hopes alive and sail through the semifinal berth.

Hanging at the base of the four-team standings with paltry single point and as many goal, Yanga have to step up performance to beat their hosts to stay on track, otherwise they will be the first side out of the four teams to be eliminated.

Yanga meet Medeama in the return leg after the two etams battled to a 1-1 draw when the Ghanaian side visited the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam ten days ago.

Their hosts will be kicking off the game with possibly extensive composure if their soccer display in Dar es Salaam is anything to go by. While in Dar es Salaam, the Ghanaian side showcased the barnd of soccer as if they were at home, something Yanga coach Hans van Pluijm who previously coached the team before joining Yanga, gave him sleepless nights ahead of today’s return leg.

Yanga have the capacity and tenacity to turn tables before their hosts but this would need a combination of factors including composure and coordination between players and their coach.

While the Tanzanian team is reported to be in high spirits, the first choice line-up is bound to miss services of Togolese centre-back Vincent Boussou, who has exhibited superb clearance and organisation at the rear, in the previous CAF matches.

Boussou’s exclusion results from conceding two consecutive yellow cards during the previous games which he featured for Yanga.

Defeat for Yanga would herald a huge toss of dice to bank on complex mathematical permutations that include praying for group leadrs TP Mazembe to drop more points in their tomorrow game against visiting Algerian Mo Bejaia in Lubumbashi. Another draw between the two sides would at least open a slight opportunity for Yanga but the Tanzanian side has no clear cut decision on this.

The DRC team has opened a comfortable two-point gap over Algerian team with seven points to their collection out of the three matches.

Yanga are still searching for their maiden victory in the group A after losing two and drawing once in three appearances.
It will be a huge boast for Medeama should they defeat Yanga in today’s match and revive their dream semis to compete on equal terms with TP Mazembe and Mo Bejaia should the two teams battle for a draw in Lubumbashi.

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