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Young Africans left for Gaborone, Botswana yesterday for Saturday’s first round, second leg clash of the CAF Champions League against Township Rollers.

Dar es Salaam. Mainland giants Young Africans and Simba are brimming with confidence ahead of their crucial CAF Cup matches.

Young Africans left for Gaborone, Botswana yesterday for Saturday’s first round, second leg clash of the CAF Champions League against Township Rollers.

Having lost 2-1 to the Rollers in the first leg at the National Stadium last week, Yanga, as the Jangswani Street giants are popularly known, need a win of at least two clear goals in Gaborone to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

And if their performance in the first leg is anything to go by, an arduous task awaits them in the Gaborone match.

But Yanga assistant coach, Shadrack Nsajigwa coach is not bothered by his team’s home defeat, saying it was just a slip up.

In an interview with The Citizen a few moments before their departure, Nsajigwa expressed optimism that Saturday’s showdown would produce positive results for his team. “We have addressed the weaknesses we noted during the first leg game. It will not be an easy match, but we are ready for the challenge,” he said confidently.

He assured Yanga fans that his players were in high spirits, raring to down Rollers at their own turf and before their supporters. According to the Confederation of African Football (Caf), the match will be handled by Moroccan referee Rédouane Jiyed, who will be assisted by compatriots Youssef Mabrouk and Hicham Ait Abbou. The match will kick off at 4.45pm at the Gaborone National Stadium.

Meanwhile, Simba leave for Egypt today for the Confederation Cup, first round, return leg showdown against Al Masry on Saturday.

Simba, who battled to a 2-2 draw with Al Masry in the first leg match at the National Stadium last week, need a win of at least one clear goal to sail through.

Team manager Richard Robert said yesterday that there were no injuries to worry about ahead of the match to be held at Port Said Stadium, Al Manakh. It will start at 8.30pm.

“We are a strong team. Our target now is to reach as far as we possibly can in the Confederation Cup,” he said.