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Its doomsday in Mwanza today

Its doomsday in Mwanza today

IT’S doomsday at CCM Kirumba Stadium when Young Africans and Simba lock horns in the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) semis at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza today.

This happens to be the fourth and final derby of this season with each team keen to stamp a victory and cruise into the final of the ASFC to be staged at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha.

Always, whenever these two teams meet, unexpected results do emerge and this is exactly what many people are expecting at the sound of the final whistle from referee Ahmed Arajiga.

The teams played their first derby during the Community Shield match and Yanga won 1-0  through Fiston Mayele.

Since the two Premier League derbies that came afterwards ended in a barren draw, the  today’s derby must have a winner who will  meet either Azam or Coastal Union at the final.

Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha is the venue of the Azam-Coastal Union’s second semifinal to be held tomorrow.

In his pre-match briefing yesterday, Simba Head Coach Pablo Franco described Yanga as a favourite team on paper to win the game saying they have been performing well at away venues.

"It is going to be another special game and this is the only competition we are still fighting for to get a title. We know that it is going to be a tough game...I do not mind to say that they are the favourite ones.

"They are in the best moment and are performing better than us in this kind of pitches but this is football and in football, anything can happen especially when you just have to play one game.

"We have a plan and we are convinced that tomorrow (today), we can perform and if we do what we are supposed to do as a team and individually, we will have a one hundred per cent chance to beat them even though they are good on paper," said Franco.

His counterpart for Yanga Nasreddine Nabi said they are determined to do well in today's match saying they have had ample preparation time prior to the big match.

"The fact that we are too close to win the Premier League title does not mean that we are going to underrate our opponents. We know they are a great side and are also eyeing to win so that they can defend the championship," he said.

Commenting on the suspension imposed to their two players Saido Ntibazonkiza and Dickson Ambundo, Nabi said every big club has got discipline measures to be adhered by all squad members as such, the duo broke them hence were slapped with the suspension.

However, going into today's game, Simba have a great record in the ASFC as they did not concede any goal in all their four matches they played en-route to the last four and have an opportunity to maintain that if they win without conceding a goal.

The Msimbazi Street Reds began their campaign by beating JKT Tanzania 1-0 before stamping a massive 6-0 win over Dar City, 7-0 against Ruvu Shooting and a 4-0 triumph versus Pamba all played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

They have since scored 18 goals in four encounters which is a remarkable record.

On the other hand, Yanga managed to win all their four fixtures beginning with a 4-0 success against Ihefu, 1-0 win over Mbao, 2-0 victory against Biashara United and a 7-6 post match penalties win over Geita Gold.

Nabi: We will leave no stone unturned

AFTER extending the unbeaten run ...

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Author: BENJAMIN BEN

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