Miguel Gamondi opens up on why he chose Yanga

Kocha Mkuu wa Yanga Miguel Angel Gamondi

Young Africans head Miguel Angel Gamondi

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Young Africans Head coach, Miguel Angel Gamondi (Image:YangaSC)

Newly appointed Young Africans coach Miguel Angel Gamondi  has finally arrived  in Tanzania. He jetted in the country on Saturday dawn to take charge of the team preseason training.

The Argentine was officially announced as the new head coach of Young Africans during the club’s Annual General Meeting last month. He was unable to attend the unveiling due to being out of the country.

The 59-year-old coach expressed his excitement about joining the prestigious club, considering it a significant opportunity after his year-long sabbatical from football. He has revealed why he rejected offers from Egyptian and Saudi Arabian clubs to sign for Young Africans. 

Gamondi said he was keen on joining Young Africans because  the ‘project’ at AVIC Town  convinced him, and that is why he made the decision to come to Tanzania. He also admitted the allure of playing in the CAF Champions League was a strong incentive.

“I think the reason is that I follow Young Africans, they will play in the CAF Champions League. The main objective is Champions League. I was very impressed with the presentation when I talked with the president and I have a good reference about this team.” Gamondi said

He added, “After I got a little bit of rest because I wasI was tired after all the years in Morocco, I want to have a good challenge. For me this offer was the best, I had offers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others but I chose this project. I am very passionate and maybe we can have a good project here to work with the youths.”

“I am passionate about playing good football and making the fans happy. Of course we need time to know the players, country, competitions”

Gamondi was introduced to African football back in 2000 as an assistant coach at Libyan side Al-Ahly Tripoli before going to other continental elites  like ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Esperance and Etoile du Sahel both from Tunisia.

His major achievement was in 2008 when he guided South Africa’s Platinum Stars to the round of 16 stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. Gamondi will be tasked with guiding Young Africans as far as they can go in the CAF Champions League and defend the domestic treble of NBC Premier League, Federation Cup and Community Shield.

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