Tanzania's envoys Young Africans face hosts Medeama in a CAF Confederation Cup group A clash in a make or break clash in the port city of Sekondi-Takoradi today.
The Mainland champions have travelled to Ghana with little hopes of continued stay in the competition, but the team's head coach has said his boys will give it all for their match-day four duel against Medeama.
Yanga has managed just a point from three games, which incidentally was against Medeama, a 1-1 draw in the Day 3 fixture in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago and needs nothing short of the maximum points against their hosts to reignite their aspirations of a place at the last four.
Dutch-born trainer Pluijm insists that his side will play with no pressure but will be cautious in their bid to secure all three points away from home to boost their chances. "When we play away, we play with little pressure; it is different from home games where we play under intensive pressure and sometimes fail to deliver to our standards.
"We had wished to win the last two games to put us in a good chance to qualify but we could not do it. I cannot say our hopes have vanished. No! We still have a chance. We have to win in Ghana to revive our hopes," said the Dutchman.
Van der Pluijm, once in charge of the Ghanaian FA champions, has admitted that playing against sides from North and West Africa is always a tall mountain, as there are lots of talents from that part of the continent due to their youth policies.
"In North and West Africa, things are very different compared to East Africa. There are a couple of academies there and they raise real talents. It is very tough to play against them. "The good thing with Medeama is that they play open football.
It is good to play against such an opponent. If we utilise our chances and score goals, we can win it in Ghana," said Van der Pliujm. Meanwhile, Yanga will miss the service of central defender, Vincent Bossou who is suspended and Deus Kaseke, who is still battling for his health after a motor accident two weeks ago.
"We will miss our two key men but I have a couple of players to fill their gap," he said. Reigning Yanga Player of the season, Juma Abdul believes that the encounter will be more difficult than the previous encounter in Dar es Salaam, but are convinced of an upset against their hosts.
"It will be more difficult to play them (Medeama) in Ghana but still we have not lost our hope to win and put our team in good position to qualify," said Abdul. In the other Group A match, TP Mazembe of DR Congo will host Algerian debutants MO Bejaia in Lubumbashi.
In Group B, Libya's Ahly Tripoli will play host holders Etoile du Sahel in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, whilst 2010 winners, FUR Rabat battles fellow Kawkab Athletic Club in an all- Moroccan affair in Rabat
Source: Tanzania Daily News.