CAF CL: Yanga President Sends Warning to Mamelodi Sundowns Ahead of Second Leg Showdown

CAF CL: Yanga President Sends Warning to Mamelodi Sundowns Ahead of Second Leg Showdown

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 2, 2024 at 6:53 AM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns and Young Africans played out a draw in the CAF Champions League
  • The two teams will clash in the second leg of the quarter-finals later this week in Pretoria
  • Yanga president, Hersi Saidi, has warned the South African giants ahead of the return leg

Tanzanian giants, Young Africans, were held to a goalless draw by Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in the CAF Champions League.

Yanga president, Hersi Saidi, stated the tie is not over and is looking forward to the return leg on Friday, March 5, at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

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Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Khuliso Mudau, battling with Young Africans star, Kennedy Musonda. Photo by Yanga.
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The South African giants dominated possession at a jam-packed Benjamin Mkapa Stadium but couldn't create enough chances to get a vital away win.

The hosts, cheered on by tens of thousands of fans, produced several golden opportunities, but Ronwen Williams stood tall in goal, per Far Post.

The return leg promises to deliver another nail-biting encounter as both teams look to reach the last eight of the CAF Champions League this season.

Yanga boss warning to Sundowns

Saidi applauded his team, saying they were still alive despite drawing 0-0 against the South African titans.

"We commend our players and technical staff for their impressive performance. The battle is not over until it is over," he said per The Citizen.

Since losing to Al Ahly in May 2021, Masandawana have lost just two CAF Champions League matches. They have also lost one home game in the competition since 2017, per Soccerway.

Meanwhile, Yanga have won two of their last five away matches in the competition.

Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, has predicted his team would be in the second round.

"I think we will see Sundowns in the next round. I'm very confident about that, in fact," Mokwena said after the match via GOAL.

Mokwena on Zwane's absence

Sports Brief also previously reported on Mokwena explaining Themba Zwane's absence in the Yanga clash and how it had affected his team.

He admitted they missed the captain in a game where his creativity was needed, considering his brace for South Africa during the March break.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.