The CAF Champions League draw has been finalized and Young Africans is drawn in Group D along with Al Ahly, CR Belouizdad, and Medeama.
Al Ahly are the reigning CAF Champions League winners. CR Belouizdad reached the group stage for the fourth consecutive with a 6-2 aggregate win over Bo Rangers. Medeama qualified for the first time by virtue of beating Guinea’s Horoya on aggregate.
Under head coach Miguel Gamondi , Young Africans qualified for the CAF Champions League Group stage for the first time after 25 years. Gamondi has shared his reaction to the Group stage draw which will be a reunion with his former club, CR Belouizdad.
“My first feeling is happiness to see the name of Young Africans among the best sixteen teams in the continent. To see the name of Yanga among these big teams is fantastic. The group is tough but we need to believe. We need to believe in ourselves, believe in this group of players.”
“We play the strongest ever team in Africa, Al Ahly. I have played against them and it is very nice for me that Young Africa and Al Ahly are coming face to face. This is fantastic and nobody can forget this moment.”
“Chabab Belouizdad is my former team. I got a very nice souvenir from them. I had a great season. They have unbelievable fans. They love me so much and I love these people. They are similar to Young Africans, they fought for the independence of Algeria from Mohamed Belouizdad. This Belouizdad quarter is very cool, very emotional for the Algerian people and this club represents the people like Young Africans represent all the nationalities of Tanzania.”
“The other team from Ghana, Medeama, I don’t know. I think it is a new team in the competition. I don’t know but we will analyse. People must know nothing is easy but to be part of the group stage is already an achievement.”
Gamondi also took time to discuss how they need to approach the competition, saying that they need to believe and hope fans will turn out not to watch the best competition in Africa but to enjoy it.
“What we will do is to compete, not to participate in the group stage. I promise to compete face to face against all the teams. We need to believe. We need to believe we can do it, why not? My wish is, in the three home games it will be full house, people coming to enjoy. Yes we are coming to win the game but also to enjoy because it is the best competition in Africa.”