Boost for Yanga as two players cleared to face Pyramids FC

18Oct 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Boost for Yanga as two players cleared to face Pyramids FC

WITH barely a week left prior to hosting Egyptian side Pyramids FC in play offs for qualification for the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup group stage, Young Africans (Yanga) have been handed a massive boost as CAF inter-club competition committee has included names of both David Molinga and-

Yanga

-and Mustapha Selemani among eligible players for the encounter set to be played in Mwanza.

The pair were ineligible to play in previous continental matches after their late inclusion to Yanga’s updated 28-man squad failed to receive the approval of the continental soccer governing body.

According to Yanga spokesman Antonio Nugaz, the duo has been cleared to play against Pyramids FC next week after officials had sought clarifications on the status of the two foreigners who were registered late.

“We are motivated by the eligibility of Molinga and Selemani who have now obtained their CAF licenses to feature in our next continental assignment,’’ he noted.

As per CAF regulation V, article 12, registration of all players who will be taking part in CAF Champions League are registered starting July 1-20 for free, while the late registration commences on July 20-31 which carries a fine of $500 per player registered.

Molinga, who joined Yanga on the transfer deadline day, is slowly warming into the hearts of the side’s fans, having scored seven goals, including two in a competitive clash while Selemani is yet to make his competitive debut.

Yanga have found themselves in the second tier of CAF club competitions after losing to Zambia’s Zesco United 3-2 on aggregate in the first round of the CAF Champions League to miss out on the lucrative group stages.

They will host Pyramids FC at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on October 27 with the second leg to be played in Cairo on November 5.

In related development, the record-time Mainland Tanzania Premier League Champions have received a boost on the injury front with Juma Balinya, Lamine Moro, Kelvin Yondani, Sadney Urikhob, Paul Godfrey, Mrisho Ngassa and Ali Abdulkarim back for next week’s clash with Mbao FC and Pyramids FC.

The seven players had been out injured but, as confirmed by Nugaz, they resumed training on Tuesday and would be available for selection.

Nugaz exuded confidence, disclosing: “All is well and we are up for good results. Balinya, Moro, Sadney and Yondani, who was excluded in the senior national team, and Ngassa and Abdulkarim have returned. The rest who are with the senior national team will join us later for the two matches against Mbao and Pyramids FC.”

It will no doubt be welcome news to head coach, Mwinyi Zahera, who was winless in his opening two games of this season before sealing a victory over Coastal Union last time out.

In addition, Nugaz confirmed that Juma Mahadhi, Ali Ahmed and Mohamed Banka are all still nursing their respective injuries.

Mahadhi has been sidelined with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury since last season.

The return of Yondani and Moro will certainly boost Zahera’s side. In Moro’s absence, Yanga shipped in three goals against Police Tanzania and also conceded an own goal against Zesco United. Ngassa and Sadney will add to the creativity of the side and help the team going forward.

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