CAF CC: Yanga lose in Ethiopia but advance to group stages

[/media-credit] Young Africans

Despite losing 1-0 to Ethiopia’s Wolaitta Dicha in Hawassa, Young Africans are through to the group stages of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.

The Tanzania giants fell to second minute goal from Yared Dawit but later settled and took control of the game especially in the second half.

Yanga had won the first leg at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam 2-0 and thus went through 2-1 on aggregate.

It’s the second time in three years that the Tanzania side have qualified for the group stages of the competition after they also did it in 2015.

What makes the feat sweeter this time round is that it has been masterminded by former Yanga and Tanzania skipper Shadrack Nsajigwa who admitted there was a little bit of luck but the result is very morale boosting.

“The game was tight and tough for us,” he said in the post-match press conference. “Wolaitta Dicha came with a high tempo in the opening minutes and it was tough for us after the early goal,” he added.

It was a very good game. We are lucky and we qualify in the end. If we compare the chances we created and Dicha’s, we had the better chances. It is a matter of mentality. The result will serve as a morale booster for our next games in all competitions. 

The draw for the CAF Confederation Cup group stage is set for Saturday, April 21 at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

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