YOUNG Africans have put aside their off field troubles and focused on their forthcoming CAF Confederation Cup group stage encounter against Kenya’s Gor Mahia slated for Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya.
Yanga’s Team Manager, Hafidh Saleh told the ‘Daily News’ yesterday that the team has stepped up preparations under Congolese tactician Mwinyi Zahera for their game against Kenya champions and that almost all the players, who are in the match plan have reported in training.
“Our preparations are going on as planned and almost all our players are attending training perfectly, except for midfielder, Thabani Kamusoko, who travelled to Zimbabwe to attend some family matters,” he said.
However, Saleh unveiled that the Zimbabwean defensive midfielder was expected to jet back from Zimbabwe yesterday and join the rest of the team in the preparation for the next week clash.
Yanga have embarked on full training ahead their clash. Initially, Yanga had plans to shift a training camp from Dar es Salaam to Arusha as part of the acclimatisation, because Arusha weather is a bit similar to that of Nairobi.
However, Saleh confirmed yesterday that the move has been ditched.
The Jangwani Street lads have already strengthened their squad for the continental second tier clubs championships by adding three players -- strikers Deus Kaseke (Singida United), Mrisho Ngassa (Ndanda FC) and Congolese Heritier Makambo, who is said to have been poached from DC Motema Pembe of DR Congo.
Saleh said that they are looking forward to add in their CAF Confederation Cup list their recent signing, Mohamed Issa ‘Banka’ as replacement of one of their two former players-- Donald Ngoma and Obrey Chirwa, who their contract with the club expired.
“We will request CAF to let us make replacements of Ngoma and Chirwa in our list as we still have time before the deadline,” he said.
Zimbabwean striker, Ngoma decided to part ways with Yanga and crossed to Azam FC, whereas Zambian Chirwa left the Jangwani street side and joined Egyptian topflight side Ismailia.
According to CAF regulations the number of newly added players in Confederation Cup will vary from one to seven, duly filled in accordance with the provisions of the present regulations, must be registered through the online system by August 5th at the latest.
As after that date, the system will not accept any new licence or to reach CAF Secretariat by August 10th at the latest in case of using the offline system.
If these licences registered by the offline system, reach the Secretariat after August 10th, they will not be validated and the Association concerned will play the remaining rounds of the competition with the players whom it had registered in January.
And, the CAF Secretariat will send the list of the newly added players to all the concerned Associations, before August 15th.
Yanga are pooled in group D alongside USM Algier of Algeria, Gor Mahia and Rwanda’s Rayon Sport.
Meanwhile, Algeria’s side USM Alger were yesterday scheduled to take on Kenyan side Sofapaka in friendly tie in Kenya, as part of their preparations for their CAF Confederation Cup group stage match against Rwanda’s Rayon Sports in Kigali.