Tanzania/Ghana: Pluijm Eyes Black Stars Job

Young Africans Head Coach Han Van Der Pluijm says he will embrace an opportunity to coach Ghana's national team, the Black Stars.

Pluijm, who has steered Mainland envoys Young Africans to the group phase of this year's CAF Confederation Cup, had a successful coach stint in Ghana with Berekum Chelsea before joining Medeama SC.

The experienced Dutch trainer at the weekend led Yanga's delegation to Ghana for the group A clash against his former club Medeama, has conceded to be interested on the Black Stars job.

"It's always a privilege and an honour if given the chance to coach the Black Stars of Ghana because Ghana is my second home and I will welcome it," Pluijm was quoted as saying by Ghana Sports Newspaper. "Ghana is one of the powerhouses in Africa football. So I will take it if I get the chance," he added.

The well travelled tactician has just penned a two-year extension deal with Yanga, vowing to take the club to new heights and make it among the continental powerhouses. Pluijm was voted the Premier League coach of the season last week after guiding his side to second successive league title.

Pluijm's charges Young Africans pay a visit to Medeama for the CAF Confederations Cup second leg tie scheduled for tomorrow in Sekondi knowing that they turn around their fortune in the tournament. A poor run has seen them garner a single point from the possible nine, the Mainland champions visit for the Ghanaians looking to get off the bottom.

The match-day four encounter, a do or die for Yanga and Medeama as well, will be staged at the Essipong Sports Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi. Medeama came from behind to hold Yanga 1-1 in the first leg encounter at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam a fortnight ago.

Speaking to the media prior to their departure, Pluijm predicted a tough encounter but vowed to fight to the bitter end to win the fixture and revive any hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of the continental second tier club competition.

"I believe we can beat Medeama away from home because we have performed even better away from home than we have done at home, so I am optimistic we will perform well and give ourselves a good shot for the next stage," he added.

Yanga are currently bottom of Group A after losing their last two games to Algeria's MO Bejaia and TP Mazembe from Congo DR.

The Jangwani Street lads had been into a residential camp to fine tune for the game, which the Tanzanian envoys need to secure maximum points so as to move away from the bottom.

Source: Tanzania Daily News.