YOUNG Africans Head Coach Miguel Gamondi praised his team for bouncing back from last Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Ihefu, after posting a resounding 3-0 win over Geita Gold over the weekend to reignite the early title race.
The victory at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza was the defending champions’ fourth win in five matches, one behind Azam FC on 13 points from five outings.
Commenting post-match, Gamondi extolled his team’s performance, saying they deserved the maximum points.
“I think we deserved this victory and it is a good response after losing our past game. It was not an easy match but most importantly we got maximum points,” he said.
The Argentine thanked the away supporters for cheering up their team to victory, calling it a good gesture to continue in all their upcoming competitive games.
For his side, Geita Gold Head Coach Hemed Suleiman bemoaned the lack of concentration among his players, insisting that they will reflect on their recent performance and see how they can improve and get stronger.
“We lacked connection and they (Yanga) took advantage of our faults to punish us…but we have learned good lessons from this match which will help us to do well in our next league assignments,” he said.
It was a second successive defeat for Geita Gold who prior to facing Yanga, had suffered a 2-1 setback to KMC.
In their opening five games, Geita Gold have just won one game, secured one draw and suffered defeats in three games to grab four points in the process.
Ihefu may have enjoyed their second successive home league triumph against Yanga, but Zuberi Katwila’s charges were brought down to the earth after conceding a 1-0 defeat at the hands of KMC on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, KMC Coach Abdi Moallin cherished his side’s win, describing the triumph as a step in the right direction.
Ibrahim Elias netted the solitary goal to hand the host team maximum points which lifted them to fourth place on the log.
“We are happy with the win and this gives us the courage to do much better in our upcoming encounters…well done to our players,” Moallin said.
Ihefu trainer Katwila conceded the defeat while insisting that it was down to fatigue among his players after making a long road trip from Mbeya to Dar es Salaam.