Yanga optimistic of CAF-CL quarters

GHANA, Kumasi YOUNG Africans Head Coach, Miguel Gamondi has said his team has a chance to qualify for CAF Champions League quarters, despite a 1-1 draw with Medeama on Friday.

The coach expressed his confidence in the team after the game that was staged at Baba Yara Sports Stadium, in Kumasi, Ghana.

Following the results, Young Africans remain at the bottom of Group B of the CAF Champions League.

Their opponents sit third in the group, with four points from three games.

At the top of the group is Al Ahly with five points followed by CR Belouizdad with four points.

“We are disappointed with the results. We want to be at the top. The players did a good job and fought for the club. We have room to improve.

“I believe in my team; I believe anything is possible…I am happy with how we played. We remain with three games and I believe we can win. We will work on the remaining games and win points that will enable us to qualify for the quarter-final spot,” he said.

A tough duel saw both sides doing their best to earn maximum points.

The first-half goals were decisive enough to conclude the game. Medeama got a goal from Jonathan Sowah before Yanga responded with an equaliser from Pacôme Zouzoua.

A penalty kick converted by Sowah opened the scoring board in the 26th minute for Medeama, as Derrick Fordjour was trying to break through Yanga’s defence in the 24th minute, defender Dickson Job fouled him, hence Medeama gained a spot-kick advantage.

Yanga responded in the 33rd minute through Zouzoua who in a personal effort, stole the ball from Medeama’s players and drove it past their defenders who failed to mark him before he struck to punish goalkeeper Felix Kyei, whose defence allowed the opponent to beat them.

The first half ended in a 1-1 draw.

During the second half, Yanga made more attempts, with Hafiz Konkoni’s bullet strike in the 88th minute nearly doubling the score, but Medeama’s keeper Kyei stood firm.

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