Struggling Young Africans eye maiden Group A win

Struggling Young Africans eye maiden Group A win
Mbui Twite of Young Africans FC (l) fights for the ball with Roger Claver Assale of TP Mazembe (r) during the CAF Confederation Cup football match between Young Africans and TP Mazembe at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 28 June 2016 ©BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Friday Jul 15, 2016. 10:10

Young Africans will be desperate to avoid another Caf Confederation Cup Group A defeat when they host Medeama at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19h00pm.

In their previous Group A game, Tanzanian side Africans were beaten 1-0 by TP Mazembe from Democrat Republic of Congo (DRC) at home two weeks ago.

This was Yanga's second consecutive defeat in their Confederation Cup group stage campaign as they also lost 1-0 to MO Bejaia from Algeria in the first game.

The defeat to Mazembe left Africans at the bottom of the Group A standings without a single point. They are six points behind group leaders Mazembe.

Yanga are yet to find the back of the net in the group stages and they will look to their Zimbabwean forward Donald Ngoma to change this on Saturday.

If Hans van der Pluijm's side emerge victorious over Medeama this weekend, they will move to position three on Group A standings with three games left.

Meanwhile, Medeama will be gunning for their maiden Group A victory when they lock horns with Young Africans on Saturday evening.

The Proudly Colourful were held to a goalless stalemate by Algerian side Bejaia at home in Sekondi-Takoradi a fortnight ago.

They are now winless in two group matches having suffered a thrashing at the hands of a spirited Mazembe side in the opening game.

This leaves Medeama placed third on Group A standings with one point. They are five points behind group leaders Mazembe.

Malik Akowuah is the man to watch for the Ghanaian side. The midfielder hit the back of the net for the Proudly Colourful against Mazembe.

Medeama, who are coached by Prince Owusu, will have to be beat Africans and hope that Bejaia lose to Mazembe in order for them to move to second spot.

Ibrahim Nour El Din from Egypt will officiate the Group A encounter between Africans and Medeama on Saturday evening.

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