ASFC: It’s Yanga-Geita showdown

AZAM Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) holders Young Africans lock horns with Geita Gold in the last quarter-final match at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam today.

It is the last game of the best eight of the competition whose winner face Singida Big Stars in the semifinal battle on the way to the final.

The Singida based giants who are making maiden appearance in the  contest were the first side to book a last four ticket after a 4-1 win over Mbeya City.

“Of course, we expect a tough match from them (Geita Gold) because they are also searching an opportunity to reach in the semifinals and here is where the difficult part of the game originate.

“But, we have had ample preparations and we are hopeful that good results will come our way at the end of the match,” said Yanga Assistant Coach Cedric Kaze.

He added that being ASFC defending champions gives them a chance to play lungs out so that they can emerge winners and move closer to achieve their target of retaining the championship.

His Geita Gold counterpart Felix Minziro also forecasted a tense match between the two sides while insisting that his charges are all set for the important encounter.

“This is not the first time to play Yanga, we know each other well and without doubt, each side will play good football in order to make a breakthrough to the semifinals,” he said.

However, after today’s match, both sides will turn focus on the Premier League as Yanga host Kagera Sugar at Azam Complex on April 11th while Geita Gold play KMC at Uhuru Stadium in the city.

For the Jangwani-based club, the Kagera Sugar encounter will come just few days before engaging Simba in a massive traditional derby clash at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the city on April 16th.

The derby, for the first time, brings on the same pitch two envoys in CAF Interclub Games which have simultaneously entered into the quarterfinals of CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup respectively.

This is set to add sugar to the cake as both have what it takes to showcase good football worth to be admired by millions of Tanzania fans who are eager to see what the quarterfinalists will bring.

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