Yanga 0ff to Ethiopia

Young Africans squad is expected to jet off early today for Ethiopia, ahead of their decisive CAF Confederation Cup playoff return leg against hosts Wolaitta Dicha on Wednesday.

The match to be played at Hawassa Stadium, about 275 kilometers from the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, will decide whether Yanga will cruise into the group stage of the tournament or otherwise.

Hafidh Saleh, the Yanga team Manager, said Yesterday that the preparations of the trip had been finalized.

“We are set all players are in upbeat mood ahead of the game,” he said.

Yanga will need any type of draw to qualify for the group stage after defeating the Ethiopian side 2-0 in the first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago.

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The home side needs to win 3-0 for them to advance while a 2-0 result in favour of the hosts will take the match to penalty shoutouts to give the decider.

Yanga goes to the game without head coach George Lwandamina who has just rejoined Zambia’s Zesco United.

The former Chipolopolo defender Lwandamina left Yanga while still had few weeks for his contract to expire.

He has signed a pre-contract accord with the Ndola-based side and will take over the Zambia champions at the end of the next month.

Lwandamina returned to Zesco for his second spell having left the team to join Yanga in 2016.

Before coming to the Jangwani side, he led Zesco to the Zambia title in his debut season and also guided the team to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League in 2016.

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The coach also missed the Yanga-Singida United premier league match which ended in a 1-1 draw at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Yanga were demoted to the second tier CAF championship after being eliminated by Township Rollers of Botswana in the Champion League.



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