Yanga Eye Recovery Whilst Geita Gold plot an  Upset

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Round five in NBC Premier League sees Geita Gold host  Young Africans at CCM Kirumba Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Hosts Geita Gold are winless in their last three games, while Young Africans suffered a shock defeat away to Ihefu on Wednesday.

Following a 1-0 defeat to Kagera Sugar on the road, Geita Gold suffered a 2-1 loss against KMC in their first home game of the season, recording back-to-back defeats.

Unfortunately for Geita Gold, Young Africans have won each of their last four NBC  Premier League meetings with the Lake Zone side. In his press-match press, Geita Gold coach Hemed ‘Morocco’ Suleiman acknowledged the gulf in quality but stressed games are won on the pitch.

“First of all, we thank the almighty God, we are safe, the players are fine, we did our last training this morning and we are ready to play against Yanga. The match will be difficult, we respect them because they have been a good team for the last three seasons, but we have started well in the league and we want to continue to do better. ” Morocco said

“We have both lost our previous matches, you can lose anywhere. When you finish one match you focus on the next. We know we are going to play with Yanga who also lost the last match so it will be difficult. We respect Yanga. We are trying to prepare our players psychologically to ensure that we are better than the last match .”

Miguel Gamondi’s team suffered a shock defeat away to Ihefu on Wednesday. The result ended their perfect run of three victories in the league. It was also their first defeat in ten games in all competitions this season.

Still, the reigning Champions have won eight of their previous ten encounters across all competitions, scoring 24 goals in the process.

As a result, Young Africans are among the top scorers in the NBC Premier League, and they also boast the second best defensive record in the division, having conceded only two goals in four games.

It is early days in the campaign but Young Africans understand momentum is crucial, they will be aiming for a swift return to the win column to stay in touch with their title rivals Azam and Simba.

Ahead of the encounter, coach Gamondi took time to defend his players and decision. He talked about players welfare and the need to see them as human beings first rather than mere players.

“ Sometimes the fans and the people in general think it is easy for the players and coaches. But looking back at what we did this week, we have no time to rest and prepare. I need to make squad rotation because before AbuTwalib Msherry being a football player, he is a human being. He has a family, tiredness, and problems like everyone else. But when he is inside the pitch and makes a mistake, they complain, nobody cares about that.”

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