MBEYA: IHEFU and Young Africans will face off at Highland Estate Stadium in Mbarali, Mbeya today, as both coaches promise a top-notch performance to secure maximum points.
Ihefu seek to improve their performance after snatching only three of nine points in three matches played so far. Their guests, Young Africans, aim to maintain their perfect start with nine points from the past three games.
At a pre-match press briefing on Tuesday, Young Africans Coach Miguel Gamondi reiterated that his charges are in good shape, set to battle for maximum points.
“After playing our CAF Champions League game against Al Merrikh, we shifted our attention to the upcoming league matches. We are ready to face them (Ihefu) though it will be a difficult game.
“My players’ morale is high. Each player is committed to bringing glory to our side,” the Argentine trainer said.
Ihefu’s Coach Zuberi Katwila remarked that his charges are also spirited, but cautioned about their opponents’ current form.
“We know our opponents and respect them. We have worked hard and expect to win maximum points because we have a good team,” he said.
Katwila also revealed that he will miss one player in Raphael Daudi due to injury while the rest are in good form to help the team get maximum points.
On his part, Young Africans’ midfielder Mudathir Yahya who spoke on behalf of his teammates also reiterated that they are well prepared for the game and will do what it takes to register positive results.
“We are thankful to God that we arrived here safely… we are eyeing for maximum points,” he said.
It is the first away league match for Yanga in the unfolding campaign as all their previous three fixtures unfolded at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam.
Last season, Yanga ended their unbeaten run in the league with a 2-1 defeat at the same venue. All eyes are now on Mbeya’s game to see what happens.