Tanzanian giants, Young Africans, have received a huge boost with the return to fitness of forward Donald Ngoma ahead of their second leg 2nd 1/16th round clash against MC Alger of Algeria on Saturday in Algiers.
‘Yanga’ as the capital-based club is nicknamed managed a narrow win in the first leg last Saturday in Dar es Salaam with midfielder Thabani Kamusoko’s second half strike separating the two sides.
Ngoma, 27, who is his club’s leading marksman played a cameo role in the first leg, replacing Deus Kaseke with 20 minutes to play, as he recovers after a long layoff. His contribution was not that huge but Yanga Assistant Coach, Juma Mwambusi, is convinced the return of the Zimbabwe-import will come handy in the trip to Algiers.
Ngoma and his strike partner, Amiss Tambwe have scored 23 goals between them this season.
“It’s a big boost for us. I can say that they came at the right moment. Ngoma played few minutes in the last game and we could see his impact,” said Mwambusi.
“Our record in away games is not bad. We play better away than at home. I believe despite the narrow victory in the first leg, we can win it away.”
Historically, North African clubs have been a nemesis to Yanga in recent times, and the latter have been edged out in continental club championships for four times during the last five years. Young Africans lost to Egyptian giants, Zamalek in 2012; fellows Al Ahly in 2014 and 2016 and Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in 2015.
“Even though we lost to them (North African clubs), but it was by narrow margins. In 2014, we lost on penalties to Al Ahly. Now we have trained on penalties and in case we go to shootout we will still have a chance,” argued Mwambusi.
On the other hand, midfielder Saimon Msuva expects a difficult outing in the Algerian capital and is looking forward to scoring an away goal though a barren draw will be enough to see them through to the last 16.
“We have an advantage, but the home victory alone can take us to the group stage. We will play cautious away because we understand that it won’t be easy. We will fight until it’s over,” said Msuva.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football