Gamondi praises Yanga’s performance against Dodoma Jiji FC

By Michael Mwebe , The Guardian
Published at 09:49 AM Apr 12 2024
Yanga's head coach Miguel Ángel Gamondi.
Yanga's head coach Miguel Ángel Gamondi.

YOUNG Africans SC put the outfit’s disappointing CAF Champions League exit behind by reaching the CRDB Federation Cup quarterfinals.

Miguel Gamondi’s men secured a comfortable 2-0 win over hosts Dodoma Jiji FC at Jamhuri Stadium in a CRDB Federation Cup Round of 16 phase game played on Wednesday evening.

An own goal from Emmanuel Joseph Martin in the first half and another one from Clement Mzize ultimately did the damage for Young Africans SC, alias Yanga.

The visitors were more than good value for the lead and never looked at the risk of coming out of this one with anything other than a win.

Gamondi was delighted with his side’s performance, saying they deserved to win against their tough hosts.

“I am satisfied with the performance of the team. Cup games are always tough, we tried to play football on this pitch where it is difficult, it is not in the right condition to play football at the high level but we try to do our best,” the tactician pointed out.

“I think we deserve to win the game. We managed the game, we managed some players as well because don’t forget we came from two tough games and we have another one on Sunday. I am happy with the win,” the gaffer revealed.

The Argentine showered praise on his adversary, Francis Baraza, for building a strong team and urged for the Kenyan coach to be given more time to complete the good job he is doing with Dodoma Jiji FC.

“I respect all teams. Dodoma is a tough team, they play well in defense and they use the flanks. I congratulated the coach because it is a very good team," the coach added.

The Argentine said: “Maybe he is not happy with the pitch as well. Sometimes he needs to play long balls because of that but it is not easy to win against Dodoma here.”

He added in his post-match press conference: “ I think they should give him time to continue working and building the team. In the future, it will be more difficult to win against this team.”

The result leaves the CRDB Federation Cup holders, Yanga, on the road to potentially winning another domestic double.

They are right in the NBC Premier League title race, leading the table with a five-point gap over second-placed Azam FC.