Yanga step up preps for Zesco United duel

10Sep 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga step up preps for Zesco United duel

TANZANIA soccer giants, Young Africans (Yanga), have said preparations for the coming CAF Champions League’s first round match against Zesco United of Zambia are going on well.

A section of Yanga players warm up prior to locking horns with Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya in an international friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in August this year.

 

Yanga will host Zesco United in the first leg at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday and the return leg will be played in Zambia a week later.

Mwinyi Zahera, who heads Yanga’s technical bench, said his team is preparing well for the encounter.

He said morale is high in the camp and all of the players are looking forward to the game.

“Our aim is to win the game at home, the preparations are going on well, I’m confident that we will do well in our game against Zesco,” he said.

He said his squad’s recent friendly match against First Division League (FDL) outfit, Pamba, has helped him plan well for the Zesco match.

Yanga were held to 1-1 draw by Pamba in the match which took place in Mwanza last week.

Zahera disclosed the game against Zesco will not be easy as the Zambian side has many good players who can dictate the results of the match.

The Zambia champions are also coached by George Lwandamina, who had headed Yanga’s technical bench in the previous season.

Yanga dispatched Botswana’s Township Rollers in the preliminary stage of the tournament to book a place in the first round.

Yanga and Township Rollers settled for 1-1 draw in the first leg clash and the former, against all odds, cruised to 1-0 win over the Botswana champions in the return leg in Gaborone.   

Ugandan striker Juma Balinya drilled in the lone goal for Yanga to earn them the memorable victory.

Zesco cruised to 3-0 aggregate victory over Eswatini outfit, Green Mamba, in the preliminary stage to secure progression to the first round.

Zesco recorded 2-0 win over Green Mamba in the first leg in Manzini, the Zambia big guns notched 1-0 win over their opponents in the second leg in Lusaka.     

An aggregate victory over Zesco will steer Yanga to the tournament’s groups’ stage and see the side repeat the feat it achieved in 1998.   

Should Yanga lose to Zesco in the first round, the Tanzania club will have chance to feature in a playoff against an outfit, which has made it to this season’s CAF Confederation Cup’s first round, to seek qualification for the groups’ stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.