Young Africans in tricky test as they face Alliance

Saturday October 20 2018

Young Africans attacking midfielder, Ibrahim

Young Africans attacking midfielder, Ibrahim Ajibu scores with a bicycle kick in the encounter against Mbao FC at the National Stadium. Ajibu will lead his team in today’s match. PHOTO| MAJUTO OMARY 

By Majuto Omary @majutoy2k

Dar es Salaam. Mainland Tanzania Premier League continues today when Young Africans will face Alliance FC of Mwanza at the National Stadium in the city.

Other league encounters will see to Prisons hosting Singida United at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya while Biashara United will play KMC at the Karume Stadium in Mara. Coastal Union will battle it out with JKT Tanzania at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga.

After a 2-0 win against Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on October 7, Young Africans would definitely like to continue winning by beating Alliance FC which is placed 19th in the standings with six points.

The Jangwani Street side is now third with 16 points and victory will improve their chances of clinching the first or second position depending on the results of a match pitting Azam FC against African Lyon .

Alliance FC started the league on a slow note and lost five matches. The Mwanza side lost 1-0 against Mbao, before losing 2-0 against Tanzania Prisons. They were later beaten 2-0 by Mbeya City. Alliance also lost against Lipuli and Azam FC (1-0 in each of the two encounters). The team drew 1-1 with African Lyon but won 2-1 against KMC before recording a barren draw when they played Ndanda, and 1-1 with JKT Tanzania. Young Africans have an impressive record. They won five consecutive matches while drawing once. Alliance FC head coach, Mbwana Makatta, said they target good results although they are playing an away game.

Young Africans assistant head coach, Noel Mwandila said he was optimistic and very confident that his boys will win the encounter.