Yanga hunt for victory over Dodoma Jiji

DAR ES SALAAM: YOUNG Africans have a chance of taking over the driver’s seat of the Premier League table if they win against Dodoma Jiji at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam today.

Yanga can leapfrog Azam at the top spot of the league log if they can secure a win in today’s match as the two sides are currently tied on 31 points but Azam is at the top slot on goal difference advantage.

The defending champions arrived in the city yesterday from Kagera where they engaged Kagera Sugar in their 12th league encounter that ended in a barren draw.

At a press briefing yesterday in the city, Yanga coach Miguel Gamondi said though they have hardly had enough time to prepare for the game, they are ready to battle for the vital points against their opponents.

“It is another tough match for us, we just need to focus and put our heads up to stamp a good result, especially after claiming a draw in our previous game,” Gamondi said.

His Dodoma Jiji counterpart, Francis Baraza said they have come to fight for maximum points and that his players are fit and ready for the game.

“We are aware that facing Yanga has never been an easy task, it is going to be tough but we are ready to play against them and possibly, we will secure the win,” he said.

The Kenyan tactician returned to work in the country after partying ways with Kagera Sugar.

In terms of standings, Dodoma Jiji are seventh in the league with 18 points from 13 matches after winning five games, three draws and succumbing to five defeats.

After today’s match, the defending champions will welcome Mashujaa at the same venue on Thursday for another interesting game to watch.

Thereafter, Gamondi’s men travel to play Tanzania Prisons at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya on Sunday before facing KMC at a venue yet to be confirmed.

However, between February 23rd and 25th, the Jangwani-based club will shift their attention to the CAF Champions League as they host Algerian side CR Belouizdad.

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