MAINLAND champions, young Africans are due to leave Dar es Salaam for Njombe Region in full throttle today, ahead of their Sunday Premier League clash against Njombe Mji at the Sabasaba grounds in Makambako.
Zambian tactician George Lwandamina has opted to pick a hit squad ready, which include recovering striker, Zambian Aubrey Chirwa and winger Geoffrey Mwashiuya. According to yanga’s Head of Information and Communication, Dismas Ten, the team’s technical bench has picked 26 players for trip to Njombe.
The list also includes midfielder, Pius Buswita, who had been cleared by the Legal and Players Status Committee of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) a day ago to feature for the club. After facing Njombe Mji, yanga will proceed to Ruvuma, where they will play their third match of the season against Majimaji of Songea at the Majimaji Stadium.
Chirwa and Mwashiuya were earlier reported that they could miss the two games in Southern Highlands, but they have been passed fit to travel with the rest of the squad. Initially, Chirwa and Burundian striker, Amissi Tambwe, remained major doubt to feature in the Sunday’s encounter but team Doctor, Edward Bavu, told the ‘Daily News’ on Tuesday that while Chirwa and winger Mwashiuya have started light training, Tambwe is still sidelined and was undergoing special treatment. He said Tambwe is still on special treatment and they expect him to start light training in a week time and thereafter, the technical bench will decide whether to use him or not depending on his fitness.
Other players who were on the injury list and are said to have resumed light training include goalkeeper, Beno Kakolanya and attacking midfielder, Hussein Akilimali. However, Kakolanya and winger Buruan yahya will not make the trip to Njombe.
Yanga will be searching for their first league win this season after their disappointing kick off in which they were held to a 1-1 draw by determined Lipuli FC at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on August 27th, this year.
Ten other named players who will leave this morning to Njombe are Donald Ngoma, Thaban Kamusoko, Pappy Kabamba Tshitshimbi, Ibrahim Ajib, Raphael Daud, Gadiel Michael, Abdallah Shaibu and youthe Rostand.
Others are Kelvin yondani, Haji Mwinyi, Nadir Haroub, Juma Abdul, Juma Mahadhi, Said Juma Makapu, Said Mussa, Emmanuel Martin, Pato Ngonyani, Hassan Hamis, yusuf Mhilu, Maka Edward, Matheo Anthony, Andrew Vincent and Ramadhan Kabwili Other league matches lined up for Sunday include a fixture to pit Singida United, who will play host to Mbao FC at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma, Mtibwa Sugar will welcome Mwadui FC at the Manungu grounds, Turiani, Morogoro, while Kagera Sugar will host Ruvu Shooting at the Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba.
The day will also see Lipuli FC battling it out against Stand United at the Samora Stadium in Iringa and in Mbeya host Mbeya City will be up against Ndanda FC at the Sokoine Memorial Stadium.