Zahera satisfied by Yanga preps for CAF Confederation Cup playoff

17Oct 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Zahera satisfied by Yanga preps for CAF Confederation Cup playoff

VODACOM Premier League big guns, Yanga, have said the club’s head coach Mwinyi Zahera’s absence has not affected their preparations for the coming CAF Confederation Cup’s playoff against Pyramids FC of Egypt.

Young Africans (Yanga) players pictured before the team’s Vodacom Premier League game against Coastal Union played in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Zahera returned to Tanzania yesterday after finishing his duty with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national team, nicknamed Leopards, who took on Ivory Coast in an international friendly duel.

Hassan Bumbuli, Yanga’s information officer, said Zahera, who also serves as an assistant coach at the DRC national side, made his way back to Dar es Salaam at night from France where he was with the Leopards.

He said there was no need to worry about Zahera’s absence because before his departure to France for Leopards’ duties, he handed over training program to his assistant, Noel Mwandila, and the club technical committee."There is nothing to be worried about, everything is going according to plan, and the coach has a lot of trust in his assistant coach,” Bumbuli noted.

“He handed over the training program to his assistant and the technical committee, the other good thing is that we have a technical committee which has respected and experienced former players like Charles Boniface Mkwasa, Sunday Manara, Ally Mayay and others," he said.

Bumbuli also disclosed that the whole Yanga squad will depart for Mwanza on Monday next week where they are expected to play Mbao FC in a league game slated for Wednesday.

He said his side is well prepared for the Mbao FC encounter as they are looking forward to collecting maximum points.

"The preparations for all two games against Mbao FC in the Vodacom Premier League and the CAF Confederation Cup against Pyramids of Egypt are all going on well,” he noted.

“All of the players are in good health and our head coach will be with the team," he said.

Yanga have started the league on a wrong foot, as they have one victory, a draw and a defeat in three duels.

They succumbed to 1-0 loss to Coast Region’s Ruvu Shooting in the first duel and went on to post 3-3 draw with Kilimanjaro’s Police Tanzania.

In the third match, the league’s big guns recorded 1-0 win over Coastal Union.

Mbao FC who are hosting Ruvu Shooting this weekend have won one game against Biashara United, lost one to Kagera United and posted draw in three duels.

Mbao opened their campaign with 1-1 draw with fellow Mwanza outfit, Alliance FC, the former later on edged Biashara in the following match.

In the following two duels, Mbao FC registered draw with Mwadui FC and Singida United.