Yanga FC

The two traditional rivals are currently separated by four points. Simba are at the top of the standing with 44 points while Yanga have collected 40 points.

Victory over Villa Squad will move Yanga to just a point adrift of Simba, who however could again open a four-point gap with the Jangwani Street side should the league leaders overcome Mtibwa Sugar at the Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro the following day.

Yanga, which is slowly coming to terms with the absence of its six dependable first team players because of suspensions meted out to the latter by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) on grounds of indiscipline, will need to come out firing on all cylinders should the team wish to emerge victors.

The Jangwani Street side, dominated by reserve players, struggled against unpredictable African Lyon last Wednesday to eventually come out with the slim 1-0 win and today’s match offers the former’s reserves a chance to showcase their virtuosity, win the trust of head coach, Kostadin Papic and consequently assure themselves of a place in the starting line up for the remainder of the league.

Villa Squad, which has been pushed to the bottom of the standing after managing 16 points from 19 games, though, stands to present stiff opposition to Yanga given that the former is also in need of three points to bolster chances of escaping relegation to the First Division League.

The Magomeni-based side, which showcased stunning resurgence to claim a couple of wins and draws in the early stages of the second round of the league, has frustratingly retreated back to the bottom following a string of defeats it endured in recent games.

With a strong desire to escape relegation in its mind, Villa Squad will definitely throw everything into today’s game to grab the much needed three points and that means a potentially tightly contested duel will be on the cards. Villa Squad is expected to rely on its talismanic striker, Nsa Job, to terrorize Yanga defence and possibly inspire the former to victory, which could lift the side to the 10th position.

Job, the former Simba and Yanga striker, has rediscovered his goal scoring form to notch crucial goals for Villa Squad in the second round and went as far as winning the spurs of the senior national team head coach, Jan Poulsen, who offered the muscular striker a maiden stint at the national side during the 2013 African Nations Cup (AFCON) Qualifiers against Mozambique, played in Dar es Salaam last month.

Job’s knowledge of the Yanga defence’s strength and weaknesses could prove crucial to Villa Squad’s quest for a win over Yanga and the defending champions will, therefore, have a rather challenging task of containing the speedy striker. Azam FC, currently at the second position with 41 points from 20 matches, will equally have an opportunity to continue putting pressure on the two league giants in the race, when the team hosts Ruvu Shooting Stars at the former’s venue at Chamazi on the outskirts of the city on Sunday.

Source Tanzania Daily News


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