Tanzania: Yanga-Mbeya match fever rises

YOUNG Africans and Mbeya City are locked in a mental game ahead of their 14th round of the NBC Premier League match at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

The match between best and third has turned into a fever that has already gripped football fans across the country.

The game has already started to pick up steam as whenever the two teams meet, it is expected to be a tense encounter as the visitors have vowed to end the 13-game unbeaten status of the campaign. the host.

Mbeya City arrived in the city early to fully prepare for the big game and on Monday they had a signal test match against league leaders DTB FC which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Azam complex.

Yanga’s head coach, Nasreddine Nabi, was spotted at the scene and watched the entire game as he conducted a game analysis to determine their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses before facing them.

He was also seen having a brief jovial chat with Mbeya City coach Mathias Lulle, but it remains a game plan puzzler between the duo which will work perfectly at the final whistle of the day. .

Under coach Lully, Green City Boys have had a great season so far after losing just one game in their 13 appearances, drawing seven and winning five duels to collect 22 points and sit on third place.

Undoubtedly, what makes them believe they can become the first team to upset Yanga this season was the 1-0 triumph they recorded against Simba, which ultimately led to the end of the streak without defeat of the latter at their hands.

Paul Nonga was the hero the day after he netted the hosts’ lone goal at Sokoine Stadium which not only upset Simba but also gave him headlines.

However, this is a totally different game and both teams will find a winning strategy because after the footwork and neck and neck action on the pitch, what matters most is who pockets a maximum of three points.

For Yanga, they breathed a sigh of relief after the return to action of their first-choice goalkeeper Djigui Diarra who missed several matches as he traveled to Cameroon with his Mali national team for the ongoing Cup final. of African Nations (AFCON).

The Malian favorites were knocked out of the continent’s biggest football showdown after losing 6-5 to Equatorial Guinea in a post-match shootout, hence the early departure of the former.

During his absence, Yanga deployed Aboutwalib Mshery between the sticks and managed to carry out his responsibilities well to the satisfaction of the club family who loved watching him play.

Yanga leads the standings with 35 RBIs in 13 games with two games remaining before the first-round climax.

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