Yanga, Azam face off in crucial league fixture

DAR ES SALAAM: YOUNG Africans and Azam coaches have predicted a tough game as their sides clash in a crucial NBC Premier League at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

A win by either team will take them to the top of the log with Simba who currently command the driver’s seat with 15 points away on international duties.

A win for Yanga will see Miguel Gamondi’s side tally 15 points and top on superior goal difference ratio.

Azam’s victory will propel the Ice-Cream makers to the top of league table on 16 points.

Speaking ahead of the mouth-watering fixture, Yanga’s Argentine coach Gamondi said it will be a tricky game but stressed his team will be all out for maximum points.

“I am very happy with the team and I am confident that we will have a good game to get three points… players are good and motivated for the match.”

He added that they have much respect for Azam because they are a good team but he insisted that they will try their level best to attack and defend well so that they get good results.

“We analysed them (Azam) on how they play and it is important for us to be well organised and play as a team…the fact that they are one point above us means that they are doing well in the league,” Gamondi said.

He urged Yanga fans to come in big number at the stadium and provide the much needed support to his players as they are the 12th player on the pitch.

On his part, Azam Assistant Coach Bruno Ferry reiterated that they are well prepared for the match and they will play to their plan.

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“We are facing a good team with quality players and that gives you an impression that the match is going to be tough but we are ready for it, ready to fight for three points.

“It is always a pleasure to play these kinds of matches and even our players like these big matches and hopefully, we will have a great game worth watching,” he said.

In their previous league game, Azam secured a 1-0 win over Coastal Union at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga thanks to Feisal Salum’s goal.

Meanwhile, Yanga defeated Geita Gold 3-1 at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

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