Following their 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Gor Mahia, Young Africans (Yanga) had coach Mwinyi Zahera has claimed that his team is not fit for the CAF Confederations Cup noting that the team only traveled to play the Kenyan champions to avoid being sanctioned by the continent’s football governing body.
Yanga have been going through internal wrangles at the club with their former coach, George Lwandamina leaving half way through the season to join Zambian giants Zesco United. Just days ago their Club Chairman Charles Boniface Mkwasa resigned from his post hours before kickoff in what the club termed as a health factor. The club also pulled out of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in a bid to ready themselves for the coming Gor Mahia fixture.
The club failed to travel with key defenders Hassan Kessy Ramadhan and Kevin Yondani over stalled contract negotiations with new signings Mrisho Ngassa, Deus Kaseke and Heritier Makambo also failing to make the travelling party over late CAF registrations. Speaking after arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Zahera revealed that the team had poor preparations to the buildup of the tie.
“Football is not a miracle, miracles only have a one in a million chance of happening, if you go as a team that plays in the Confederations Cup with only five players who have trained for more than four weeks and 12 having no more than four training sessions it can’t happen. We only traveled to avoid CAF sanctions,” he says.
In the second half Yanga players looked exasperated and ball-watched as Gor Mahia strung countless passes, “There are players who have stayed for almost three months without training and they come three days before travelling and they play in the Confederations Cup, tell me is there any team that does that in this world?”
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The Congolese tactician will be hoping for a better show next time Yanga takes on Gor Mahia on Sunday 27 July at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in the Confederations Cup return leg.