Nabi hails charges, eyes Gallants

YOUNG Africans coach Nasreddine Nabi lauded his charges for defending the Premier League title while Dodoma Jiji Assistant Coach Kasim Liogope bemoaned lack of scoring efficiency.

Yanga successfully defended the league throne after their 4-2 win over Dodoma Jiji at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, and the win guaranteed them the 29th title of the top flight league.

They are expected to be presented the silverware in Mbeya where they will engage Tanzania Prisons and Mbeya City at Sokoine Stadium in their last two fixtures of the elapsing season.

In his brief remarks after the dramatic encounter, Nabi hailed his players, technical bench, management and fans for their unwavering support to ensure that they defend the championship.

He added that his players did not focus 100 per cent on the Dodoma Jiji match because their minds are channelled to the upcoming CAF Confederation Cup match against Marumo Gallants on Wednesday in South Africa.

“We are all focusing on the South Africa game which is going to be tough, but we are set to compete against them,” said Nabi who cherishes his second league trophy at the helm of the club.

On his part, Liogope said they succeeded to suffocate Yanga in many areas during the match only that his charges were not accurate enough in hitting the target.

“Yanga is a big team with quality players, but we managed to contain them and according to the way we played, we deserved maximum points but things went the opposite direction,” he said.

Moreover, he disclosed that the third goal they conceded completely paralysed their game plan thereby leading to the heavy defeat while insisting to work hard in their upcoming two last assignments.

He also expressed his desire to collect six points from the remaining two clashes in order for them to escape playoff stressing that they have an advantage of achieving that feat.

In the same token, Yanga striker Fiston Mayele said he has not yet hang up his scoring boots and will work hard in the remaining two matches to increase his current 16-goal tally of the season.

“We still have two matches to play and I want to score more goals. We are travelling to play two difficult away games against Tanzania Prisons and Mbeya City of which I need to score,” he said.

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