Tanzania: Yanga to Take Medeama CAF Match to Mwanza

THE Confederation Cup match between Young Africans and Ghanaian side Medeama will now be played on July 15th, this year, at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

A source within the Jangwani Street club said yesterday that the leadership has already started preparations for the match in Mwanza. The return leg match will be played in Ghana on July 26th, this year.

"Yanga have decided to shift the venue from National Stadium to CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza because they believe they have many fans in Lake Zone region just like in Dar es Salaam," said the source.

However, when reached for comment, Yanga General Secretary, Baraka Deusdit, refused to confirm of deny the report but said the leadership will soon reveal the venue to host the match.

Early this week, Yanga's team manager, Hafidh Saleh, said the team is expected to pitch camp either in Dar es Salaam or Mwanza. While Yanga are stepping up preparations for the game, Ghanaian side Medeama are in doubt of making a trip to Dar es Salaam over financial constraints.

Reports from Ghana say the team has once again threatened to pull out of the tournament due to lack of financial support from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The news has broken just a day after Medeama were forced to a goalless draw by Algeria's Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia at home on Wednesday.

The Club's President Moses Armah threatened to pull out his side of the tournament before the match due to lack of financial support from the CAF. Yanga are in the bottom of Group A without a single point from two matches.

They succumbed to a 0-1 loss to Congolese giants TP Mazembe in front of their home supporters at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. Having already gone down to a same goal margin away to Algeria's Mouloudia Olympique de BejaA´┐Ża alias Mo Bejaia in their opening group match earlier last month.

Yanga hopes of claiming a semifinal berth now seem too slim. The Jangwani Street side now needs to win all their remaining four matches, which include two away encounters to have any chance of making it into the semifinals.

Despite the latest setback, Yanga Head coach, Dutchman Hans Van der Pluijm, remained adamant, insisting that his side still has a chance to do well in the coming matches. "We are still determined to restore our hopes of finishing in the two top positions in the group," said Pluijm.

"We are not out of the race and we will not give up until we are out. In fact, we still have four games left and each team can win against each other. So if we can do well in our remaining matches we can still have a chance to wind up our campaign among the two top sides of the group," he said shortly after the match.

Source: Tanzania Daily News