Maxi and Pacome Shine against Djibouti’s Asas FC;- Yanga’s journey in the CAF Champions League continues as they secure their place in the next round with a commanding 5-1 victory over Djibouti’s Asas FC.
Yanga secures passage to the next round with an aggregate score of 7-1, following their initial victory of 2-0 in the first leg played at the Azam Complex Chamazi last week. The home team’s goals were netted by Maxi Nzengeli, who scored a brace in the 7th and 90th minutes, Hafiz Konkoni in the 45th minute, Pacome Zouzoua in the 55th minute, and Clement Mzize in the 69th minute.
Asas FC managed to find the back of the net with a consolation penalty goal in the 85th minute, converted by their star player, Tito Lukciir Madul Mayor.
Here are some key highlights from the return leg match
Since coach Miguel Gamondi was appointed to lead Yanga on June 24, this marks his first competitive match allowing a goal within the regular 90 minutes. Gamondi replaced Nasreddine Nabi, who joined FAR Rabat in Morocco.
Gamondi’s journey began with a 2-0 victory against Azam FC in the semi-finals of the Ngao ya Jamii, followed by a penalty shootout loss to Simba in the final after a goalless draw in regular time.
The team then shifted focus to the CAF Champions League preliminary round, defeating ASAS FC of Djibouti 2-0 with goals from Stephane Aziz KI and Kennedy Musonda.
Gamondi’s impact continued in the Tanzanian Premier League this season, where Yanga started with a resounding 5-0 win against KMC. The goals in that match were scored by Dickson Job, Stephane Aziz KI, Hafiz Konkoni, Mudathir Yahya, and Pacome Zouzoua.
Yanga’s triumph in this match secures their place in the first round of the CAF Champions League knockout stage, where they will face Sudan’s El Merreikh.
Yanga is set to take on El Merreikh, who advanced by virtue of away goals against AS Otoho d’oyo from Congo Brazzaville. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week, they played to a goalless draw in the return leg yesterday.
In the next round, Yanga will start their journey away from home in Rwanda, where El Merreikh has chosen Huye Stadium as their home ground for this season’s matches. Huye Stadium is also used by the Rwandan club Mukura Victory Sports.
The first leg match will be played between September 15-17, with the second leg scheduled between September 29 and October 1. The overall winner will secure a spot in the group stage, which is set to commence between November 24-26.”