YOUNG Africans top striker Fiston Mayele has admitted that his scoring confidence is back while Dodoma Jiji player Emmanuel Martin attributed their 2-0 defeat to lack of efficiency, vowing to return back stronger in upcoming fixtures.
In just 180 minutes, Mayele has netted 5 goals regaining his scoring touch with a hat-trick against Singida Big Stars before pocketing a brace against Dodoma Jiji on Tuesday.
Mayele scored his first brace of the season at Liti Stadium in Singida on Tuesday afternoon which saw him reaching eight goals to reshape his golden boot chase which, however, keeps on changing.
Up next, Yanga host Mbeya City at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday for their 12th league match as they eye to maintain their unbeaten run.
“I am happy to score in two consecutive league matches and I want to dedicate the two scored goals to my wife…of course, scoring in two straight matches gives me confidence to keep on pushing for more goals in upcoming encounters,” he said.
He again hailed massive support rendered to him by all players in the team saying each of them has his own contribution towards the success of the team a thing he said need to be fostered.
His coach Nasreddine Nabi highlighted that the short interval of league matches lined up does not give enough breathing space for players to thoroughly prepare before engaging in the next games.
He, however, thanked his players for working hard in all their encounters calling the same spirit to continue for the remainder of the season while urging members and fans to maintain their status of backing the team wherever they go to play.
On his part, Martin for Dodoma Jiji reiterated that they were short of efficiency on target hence the reason they succumbed to the defeat on the day.
“We failed to use well scoring opportunities we made while our opponent were sharp on target and turned their chances to goals…this is not the results we wanted but we still have many games to come to do much better,” Martin, former Yanga player said.
Dodoma Jiji Assistant Coach Kassim Liogope said they faced a side with quality and experienced players capable to transform the nature of the game at any moment insisting that they have generated positives from the tense match.
“This is not the results we anticipated but it has come to pass and we cannot change that. The most important thing is on how we are going to make a comeback in our next matches because we need to win to generate maximum points,” he said.
Dodoma Jiji have since gained 9 points from 12 matches which is a poor run but they still have a chance to turn the corner.