Yanga eyes squad overhaul

By Seth Mapoli , The Guardian
Published at 09:00 AM Apr 16 2024
Yanga's players are pictured warming up before confronting Singida Fountain Gate FC in the 2023/24 NBC Premier League match at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Sunday.
Yanga's players are pictured warming up before confronting Singida Fountain Gate FC in the 2023/24 NBC Premier League match at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Sunday.

YOUNG Africans SC head coach Miguel Gamondi has reportedly submitted a blueprint to club management- outlining plans for a squad overhaul in preparation for next season.

Gamondi’s assessment identifies key areas for reinforcement, with potential departures for some veteran players.

The Argentine’s report underscores the need for strategic reinforcements across various positions within the squad, alias Yanga.

Firstly, the report highlights the necessity of acquiring a goalkeeper to replace one of the three current goalkeepers Djigui Diarra, Metacha Mnata, and Aboutwalib Mshery. 

Speculation mounts as fans await news of the impending departure of one of these keepers.

Moreover, the report identifies a pressing requirement for a left defender, suggesting the possible departure of veteran Joyce Lomalisa, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the current season.

This strategic move aims to strengthen Yanga’s defensive line and bolster their resilience on the field.

In midfield, Gamondi emphasizes the need for a defensive midfielder of equal or superior caliber to Khalid Aucho.

This addition aims to enhance the team’s defensive capabilities and provide valuable support to stand-out midfielder Jonas Mkude, whose recent performances have earned him acclaim.

Looking ahead, Gamondi outlines the need for both a winger and a prolific striker to bolster Yanga’s attacking options.

This strategic maneuver aims to complement the scoring prowess of striker Joseph Guede, who has already showcased his abilities with notable goals against Singida Fountain Gate.

The Jangwani Street side continued their dominance in the NBC Premier League last Sunday, securing a convincing 3-0 victory over Singida Fountain Gate FC.

This win extends their impressive run of form, with four wins and just one loss in their last five league outings.

The emphatic victory against Singida Fountain Gate FC further consolidated Yanga’s position at the top of the table.

Their resolute defense and clinical finishing proved too much for their opponents. 

Details regarding the scorers are unavailable, but the win undoubtedly strengthens their resolve to retain the NBC Premier League title.

Looking at the Jangwani Street outfit’s recent form, it is clear they are a team on a mission.

Their winning mentality and ability to grind out results are key factors in their success.

With a crucial clash against arch-rivals Simba SC looming on the horizon, these positive results will undoubtedly boost their confidence heading into the highly anticipated Dar es Salaam derby.

Yanga’s immediate focus is on the highly anticipated Dar es Salaam derby against Simba SC, scheduled for April 20.

The team enters the fixture with confidence, buoyed by their recent 5-1 victory in the previous encounter between the two rivals.

In the context of the NBC Premier League standings, Yanga remains optimistic about their prospects of defending the championship title.

With an impressive record of 18 wins, one draw, and two losses from 21 games, accumulating 55 points, the team’s recent four-game winning streak has reignited hopes of securing another league triumph.

As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Yanga as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

With strategic planning and tactical acumen at the forefront, the club aims to maintain its competitive edge and uphold its legacy of success in the realm of Tanzanian football.