Tanzania: Yanga Eye Revival With Medeama Scalp

Tanzania's Young Africans will seek to revive its bid to qualify for the semis when they host Ghanaian side, Medeama in a Group 'A' Day 3 fixture on Saturday in Dar es Salaam.

Yanga have lost both previous games; 1-0 away to MO Bejaia away in Algeria and a similar loss to DR Congo side TP Mazembe at home.

The Congolese outfit tops the group with six points from two wins with Bejaia trailing with four points. Medeama has just a point and Yanga with no point.

"It's a do or die game; we have to attack and attack to win" said Yanga tactician, Hans Van der Pluijm ahead of the make or break encounter.

Van der Pluijm is adamant that if his side will create enough chances and score goals, they can secure the maximum three points at home to revive their hope in the group after a false start.

"Each game is tough. We do not expect any a simple win against Medeama. We have to fight," he remarked after his side's training session in the capital.

The Tanzanians have yet to find the back of their in their previous three games; against GD Sagrada Esperanca in Angola, MO Bejaia in Algeria and Mazembe in Dar es Salaam, a performance their Dutch trainer has labelled their "worst ever".

"African games are tough. You cannot compare them with league games. We have to try as much as we can to score goals against Medeama," he added.

Van der Pluijm is very familiar with Ghanaian football after a 14-year stint in the West African country ended with a wife, and hopes his knowledge of Medeama, a side he handled few years ago will come handy.

"I know some of the players in Medeama and my friends in Ghana have given me some information too. We are still working on them," he said

Yanga will miss its three key players, Mwinyi Haji who missed also Mazembe clash and Deus Kaseke due to injury, whilst striker Amissi Tambwe is racing against time to be fit for the game after suffering acute malaria.

"It is not easy to maintain your squad. (Deus) Kaseke and Mwinyi (Haji) are injured; Tambwe is still not sure if he can play. Perhaps we should expect some changes," said Van der Pluijm.

On his side, Yanga captain, Nadir Haroub said they are well prepared to fight for the three points at home as he described the game as decisive to their fate in the group.

"The game will determine our fate in the group. If we fail to win that will mean we have failed totally. We are well prepared," he noted.

Mazembe travels to the northern Algerian city of Bejaia as guest of MO Bejaia on Sunday.

Source: Confederation of African Football