Zahera satisfied by Yanga preps for Zesco clash

12Sep 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Zahera satisfied by Yanga preps for Zesco clash

TANZANIA soccer big guns, Yanga, have intensified preparations for the CAF Champions League’s first round encounter with Zesco United of Zambia slated for Saturday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

 Yanga head coach, Mwinyi Zahera.

 

Yanga have played two friendly games in Mwanza against the region’s sides, Pamba and Toto Africans, which are currently participating in First Division League and Second Division League respectively.

Pamba held Yanga to 1-1 draw in the first clash, the Dar es Salaam squad then cruised to 3-0 win over Toto Africans.

Yanga’s head coach, Mwinyi Zahera, said after the two games he has seen the weaknesses and strengths of his charges and he is working on them. 

He said only two of his players will miss the match but the rest are in great shape ahead of the Saturday game.

Yanga will lock horns with Zesco in the return leg of the premier continental club competition in Lusaka between September 27 and September 29.

“As coach I’m satisfied with how things are moving on, I have seen the weaknesses and strengths of my players in the friendly matches and I’m working on them,” he said.

“I’m sure of good results on Saturday, we have every player on board except for two players who are nursing injuries and others who have other issues, but if you look at the players’ attitude, I am very confident that by the end of the day, we will come out top.”

The coach also said his charges are not under any pressure playing against Zesco, which have a good record in CAF tournaments.

“We are not under pressure though it’s always tricky to start at home because it means that you need to be at your best to claim a result but whatever the case, we are ready for them,” he disclosed.

The coach said he had talked to the players and they are confident and ready for the showdown.

He noted they have assured him that they will cover every blade of grass in pursuit of victory over Zesco.

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.

Meanwhile, Tanzania’s representatives in CAF Confederation Cup, Azam FC, said they are ready for their first round match against Triangle United of Zimbabwe at Azam Complex slated for Sunday in the city.

Azam FC information officer, Jaffari Maganga, said the team is preparing well for the encounter and they are hoping for better results on Sunday.

“The team is preparing well for the game, I’m asking all football lovers in the country to come to Azam Complex on Sunday to cheer the team,” he said.

Azam FC made it to the stage after recording a 3-2 aggregate win over Fasil Kenema of Ethiopia in the preliminary round.

Fasil Kenema edged Azam 1-0 in Addis Ababa, the latter then regrouped to record 3-1 victory over their opponents at Azam Complex.