The Tanzania outfit will host Pyramids FC in the first leg of the playoff in Dar es Salaam on October 27, as per the draw that was conducted by Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Egypt on Wednesday.The two teams will thereafter clash in the second leg in Egypt on November 3.
“We accept the draw, we understand Pyramids FC are a strong squad, they performed well in the last year’s Egypt Premier League, finishing third,” Yanga’s information officer, Hassan Bumbuli, noted when speaking to one of domestic television stations after the draw.
“We have as well been keenly following their participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.” “They won 4-1 against Congo Republic’s Etoile du Congo in the first leg, they then edged the latter 1-0 in the second leg. Pyramids are good and they have invested heavily in their side.”
“We know they are a team boasting of good investment but we are mostly focusing on their performance on the pitch.”
The Yanga information officer pointed his side is, however, better than Pyramids FC, when it comes to participation in continental tournaments.
He disclosed Yanga boast of good record in the competitions as compared to Pyramids FC.
“In our past two games in the CAF Champions League against Egypt’s soccer giants, Al Ahly, we conceded defeat to the latter in the penalty shootout in the first and we then lost to them during the last few minutes of the clash,” he noted.
“We know their quality has helped then book a place in the stage, we are though better and more experienced in continental competitions, we believe they are an average opponent.”
“We are starting preparations for the playoff, we understand they invested a lot, we though do not fear them, we know their tactics.”
“We watched Pyramids FC’ two games in the continental competition, they are not a side that will prove to be a hard nut to crack for us, we will play a team which is not much different from our squad.”
Yanga were handed the chance to play the playoff once they were eliminated from the first round of the CAF Champions League by Zambia champions, Zesco United.
Zesco held Yanga to 1-1 draw in the first leg in Dar es Salaam and the second leg, which took place in Ndola, ended with Zesco winning 2-1.
Bumbuli pointed out the Jangwani Street squad went for training session on Wednesday in a bid to ensure the outfit prepare well for the clash.
He noted the club’s technical committee is thereafter set to meet the technical bench and come up with strategies for seeing to it the squad perform well in the playoff.
East Africa’s other representatives in the competition, Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC and Bandari, as well as Uganda’s KCCA FC and Proline FC, have also been handed tough draws in the playoffs.
Gor Mahia will come up against Democratic Republic of Congo’s DC Motema Pembe, Guinea’s Horoya AC are Bandari FC’s opponents in the games.
KCCA FC will take on Algeria’s Paradou A. C, Proline will confront Al Nasr of Libya.
Zimbabwe’s Triangle FC that knocked Tanzania’s Azam FC out of the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup will play Mauritania’s FC Nouadhibou in the playoff.