DAR ES SALAAM: YOUNG Africans Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andre Mtine has called on for maximum support to the team, as they face five back-to-back important fixtures this month.
The defending champions have pointed guns on Mtibwa Sugar whom they host at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam tomorrow for their 10th Mainland Premier League match of the season.
“December is the difficult month because we have many fixtures… firstly, we have a home league match on Saturday (tomorrow), then another one on the 22nd, 26th, and 29th this month.
“Obviously, we aspire to defend the title; so, these games are very important to us, they are coming very quickly one after the another, but we need to focus and see what we can do.
“We have faith in the technical staff, I am sure they know what to do in terms of how they manage these games, and of course, we have the Champions League match on the 20th against Madeama in Dar es Salaam.
“This is also important; there is no match which is not important…I agree our group D of the Champions League is open and after playing the third match of the group, because of the produced results, it is very open.
“So, we have to win our game against Madeama…that is if we are going to play in the quarter-finals, we need to start with the Medeama match by winning,” said Mtine in Dar es Salaam recently.
He then called on Yanga supporters to come in big numbers, saying they are usually the 12th player, hence their presence at the stadium means a lot for the success of the team.
After tomorrow’s match, Yanga will host Medeama SC in their fourth CAF Champions League (CAF CL) match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on December 20th.
Thereafter, Miguel Gamondi’s men will travel to play Tabora United possibly at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma on December 22nd as Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in Tabora, which is the home turf for Tabora United is still under suspension imposed by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), hence they chose Jamhuri Stadium as their alternative stadium.
After the Tabora United clash, Yanga will interface Kagera Sugar at Kaitaba Stadium in Kagera on December 26th before closing the 2023 eventful league chapter with a home fixture by entertaining Mashujaa at Azam Complex in the city on December 29th.
From nine played league matches, Yanga remain in second place with 24 points after winning eight games, losing one match, and is the only side yet to record a draw this season.