10 February 2018 08:34
Tanzania champions, Young Africans have a tall mountain to climb after managing a narrow 1-0 win at home over visiting Saint Louis of Seychelles in their preliminary round first leg clash on Saturday in Dar es Salaam.
The host were left to rue the many scoring chances including a first half penalty they failed to utilize in both halves of the game.
Yanga was awarded penalty in the 24th minute after defender Hassan Kessy was fouled inside the box but Zambian Obrey Chirwa failed to slot home from the short distance.
Substitute Juma Mahadhi netted the only goal on 67 minutes, just two minutes on the pitch after replacing Ibrahim Ajibu, who had earlier missed two sitters in either half.
Despite registering six shots on target against two from the visitors and 17 off target, it was simply not a good day for Yanga.
Captain Kelvin Yondan was denied on two occasions by Saint Louis shot stopper, Michel Ramandimios whilst midfielder Papy Kabamba Tshishimbi, Pius Buswita and Gadiel Michael were also unsuccessful with shots from the distance.
Saint Louis host the second leg on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 in Victoria with the winner advancing to the 1/16th round.
Shadrack Nsajigwa (Assistant Coach, Young Africans)
It was a good game. We are not happy with the narrow victory as it makes things tough for us ahead of the return leg. They played defensively which made it difficult to get good chances to score. We need to work hard so that we can win the next game and progress to the next round.
Michel Renaud (Head Coach, Saint Louis)
It is bad that we lost, but not by a huge margin. We still have a chance to reach the next round. Things were tough for us as we haven’t played a competitive game after a while. Yanga is a good team and we need to regroup so that we can beat them at home.
Juma Mahadhi (Midfielder, Young Africans)
Our coach (George Lwandamina) saw the game and told me what to do when on the pitch to get a goal. I am happy that I managed to score the winner.
It was tough game as we knew nothing about Saint Louis. We have now seen them play and I believe that we will go to Seychelles with confidence and hopefully progress to the next round.
Betrano Esther (Captain, Saint Louis)
We played well but made a mistake that saw us concede a goal. We are looking forward to the second leg in Seychelles. It will be a tough game but we will play well so that we can win.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
CNaPs Sport (Madagascar) 2-1 KCCA (Uganda)
Zanaco (Zambia) 3-0 Armed Forces (Gambia)
Stade Malien (Mali) 1-1 Williamsville AC (Cote d’Ivoire)
RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) 1-0 Mounana (Gabon)
AS FAN (Niger) vs Horoya (Guinea)
Generation Foot (Senegal) vs Makkassa (Egypt)
Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-0 Saint Louis (Seychelles)
Township Rollers (Botswana) 3-0 El Merreikh (Sudan)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) 2-0 Leones Vegatarianos (Equatorial Guinea)
Concorde (Mauritania) vs Esperance (Tunisia)
AC Leopards (Congo) 2-1 AS Port (Togo)
JKU (Zanzibar) 0-0 Zesco (Zambia)
Difaa El Jadida (Morocco) vs Benfica (Guinea Bissau)
Bidvest (South Africa) 2-0 Pamplemousses (Mauritius)
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) 1-1 Lydia Academic (Burundi)
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Saint George (Ethiopia) vs Al Salam Wau (South Sudan)
Bantu (Lesotho) vs Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
El Tahadi (Libya) vs Aduana (Ghana)
ES Setif (Algeria) vs Olympic de Bangui (Central African Republic)
AS Real (Mali) vs MFM (Nigeria)
AS Otoho (Congo) vs MC Alger (Algeria)
Plateau United (Nigeria) vs Eding Sport (Cameroon)
LISCR (Liberia) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
Buffles (Benin) vs ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Ngaya (Comoros) vs UD Songo (Mozambique)
AS Vita (DR Congo) vs Be Forward (Malawi)
Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) vs FC Platinum (Zimbabwe)