Dar es Salaam. Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) coach Ettiene Ndiragije has vowed to deliver a shocker when his charges date Mainland giants Young African in a premier league match today.
Yanga play KMC in the ongoing Mainland Tanzania Premier League at the National Stadium.
“Nothing is impossible in football. We’re confident of our abilities,” Ndiragije told The Citizen yesterday.
The confident KMC coach said his side was mentally-prepared for the encounter, and therefore not worried about their rivals.
“We need to show the best of us in the encounter; it is our second time playing against Young Africans. We take the match seriously and are sure of doing the wonders,” he said.
Kick-off is 4pm. Young Africans are at the top with 64 points from 26 matches while KMC are fourth with 41 points from 28 matches.
The match is expected to be a tough one as KMC is looking for a revenge after falling 0-1 to Young Africans in the first round. Yanga are targeting to stretch the league domination by walloping the Kinondoni District side.
Young Africans head coach Mwinyi Zahera said yesterday that nothing would stop his team from booking a place in the next round.
“Our target is not only to collect three points, but also to emerge new Mainland Tanzania champions and prove our worth against KMC,” he said.
“Our fans should expect positive results tomorrow (today). I have addressed the weaknesses I noted during our last two games,” said Zahera, who is under pressure to lead Young Africans to their 28th trophy.
“We know that KMC are good team; we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we are ready for the challenge,” he said. “The players are ready for the battle. It will be a tough encounter, but we are well-prepared for that.”
Young Africans have lined up a striking force comprising Heritier Makambo, Mrisho Ngassa, Amisi Tambwe and team captain Ibrahim Ajibu.
On the other side, the KMC forwardline has Elias Maguli, Salum Kabunda and Charles Ilanfya.
In other matches today, Mwadui FC host Mbeya City at the Mwadui Complex in Shinyanga Region.
Mwadui FC, who are placed 14th after collecting 33 points, need a victory against Mbeya City, who are s placed 10th with 34 points.
Mwadui have so far played 29 matches and Mbey City 27 matches.