Gamondi praises Guédé after crucial win

DAR ES SALAAM: YOUNG Africans’ coach, Miguel Gamondi, praised Joseph Guédé for scoring a lone goal in Saturday’s hard-fought match against Coastal Union at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam. Gamondi described Guédé as a lethal striker who scores regardless of the situation.

He stressed that no matter how solid or hard the situation might be, Guédé always finds a way to score.

“With the players, I’m really pleased. They had excellent coordination and were quite composed. They were adept at passing the ball, and they even generated scoring opportunities for us, such as shots that struck the woodwork. “I am rather pleased with Guede’s performance. He is an excellent striker. He always finds a method to put the ball in the net and finds a goal to score no matter what the circumstances.” Guédé has been playing at his best lately and has contributed significantly to the team’s wins.

He scored the only goal in yesterday’s triumph and gave his team the winning goal against Simba in the Dar es Salaam Derby, which they won 2-1. As such, he is an essential player for his team to score crucial goals when they are needed. With his January arrival at Young Africans, he has scored four goals in the league. Gamondi reflected on his choice of play in the match.

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He noted that their opponents were defensive and that they needed to work on opening the defence and adding up the tally of forwards gave them good results.

“I observed they employed five defenders with three centre backs; it was a defensive-minded game and so we had to counter their playing style by adding a number of forwards to beat them,” Gamondi said.

In response to his side’s defeat, Coastal Union coach David Ouma commended his charges, pointing out the team wouldn’t have been able to score if his player Lameck Lawi hadn’t been sent off.

“It was possible to hold the Young Africans back as we had planned well and kept them from creating enough spaces that stopped them from posing us danger. From the preparations we knew Yanga had experience and impactful players who could decide the game and so we planned well and managed to stop them for 70 minutes.

“If it was not for the red card, the match might have ended in a draw. These results are a good lesson and we keep our heads up high and continue.”

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