Tanzania/Algeria: Yanga Living On Borrowed Time As They Face Bejaia

With just a point so far to show, Tanzania Young Africans are walking a tightrope as they come face to face with Algerian debutants MO Bejaia in a Group A Day 5 fixture on Saturday in Dar es Salaam.

Yanga sits at the depth of the standings being the only side without a win in the group. DR Congo giants TP Mazembe is top with 10 points, five more than Bejaia who share points with Ghanaian torchbearers Medeama.

With little hopes progressing to the next round, attacking midfielder, Haruna Niyonzima tells CAFOnline.com they are well prepared to battle for the maximum three points, whilst praying for an outcome in the other fixture between Medeama and Mazembe to go their way.

"MO Bejaia is a good team; we lost to them in Algeria because they had good game plan than us. Now we will play in a different environment with a different desire. It is our chance to win the game.

"Though we are determined and well prepared, our fate rest on the other match; if Mazembe fail to beat Medeama, our victory will be meaningless. However, we have to win our game first," said Niyonzima, also captain of the Rwanda national team.

Bejaia arrived in Dar es Salaam earlier on Tuesday making clear their intent and how the game means to them.

Dutch trainer of the Tanzanian champions, Hans Van der Pluijm reckons a stiff opposition from the Algerians who will be on course for a place at the last four by avoiding defeat, after a 1-0 win in the reverse last June.

"They have arrived early because they know how the game is very crucial for both sides but we are well prepared to face them. We will fight to win at least this game.

"If you ask me about the possibility of qualifying for the semis, I won't be in good position to say anything as our fate depend on TP Mazembe, they have to beat Medeama for us," remarked Van der Pluijm.

Yanga left back, Oscar Joshua also believes they are primed to claim their maiden win of the group stage.

"We have worked through all the mistakes which cost us in the previous games and now, we can say our squad has a good shape," said Joshua.

The bad news for the Tanzanians is the unavailability of forward Donald Ngoma through suspension, whilst captain Nadir Haroub and offensive midfielder Geofrey Mwashiuya are also doubts.

Source: Confederation of African Football.