Yanga ready for TP Mazembe

28Jun 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Yanga ready for TP Mazembe

MAINLAND soccer champions Young Africans are at home to visiting TP Mazembe in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup at the national Stadium in Dar es Salaam this afternoon.

Young Africans coach Hans van Pluijm (C) instructs his players during a training session at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday. (Photo: Michael Matemanga)

Without a point without a goal, the Tanzanian side will be under pressure to meet their home fans as well as justifying their presence in the continental’s elite football league.

The former African champions Mazembe have three points in their kitty after winning the group stage opener against Ghanaian Madeama in match played at their own backyard of Lubumbashi last weekend.

Known for their rich football history, the copper belt side are back in Dares Salaam after a five year-stint when they played against Yanga’s archrivals in the CAF Champions League at the same venue.

Yanga who have lost the opener to Algeria’s Mo Bejaia a week ago, have been training under their Dutch coach Hans van Pluijm ever since they arrived from in transit camp in Istanbul.

The match is expected to be a thriller basing on the fact that fans of Yanga’s archrivals Simba will also be present at the stadium to mock them.

When TP Mazembe played Simba in 2011, Yanga fans turned out in big number to support the visitors in a match the host side lost by 3-1 goals to crash out of contention.

Coach Pluijm says his boys will be all out for victory as team needs point to weigh their possibility of sailing through the semi-final berth.
Most of Yanga players are reported to be in match fitness and ready to play against the visitors. Yanga ended their training at the National Stadium yesterday morning as they gear up for the visiting Congolese.

Both teams have not met in any completion before and TP Mazembe have not a lost a match in Tanzania. The visitors will have in their line-up a Tanzanian striker Thomas Ulimwengu who joined the Lubumbashi side five years ago.

The match kicks off at 16:00 hours local time and Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe will be in charge.

Sikazwe will be assisted by Angolan Jarson Emiliano dos Santos and Eritrean Berhe O’Michael as linesmen. Another Zambian Wellington Kaoma becomes a reserve referee while Celestin Ntangungira of Rwanda match commissioner. Mozambican Sidio Jose Mugadza is also an official for the match.

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