MAINLAND envoys in the Orange Confederation Cup, Young Africans, arrived safely in Ethiopia on Thursday ahead of the preliminary round return leg against Dedebit, but accused their hosts of sabotage.
According to reports from one of the officials who accompanied the team in Addis Ababa, upon their arrival, Yanga were poorly treated by their hosts, Dedebit in a deliberate attempt to disrupt them ahead of tomorrow's decider.
He said Yanga players and officials were left stranded at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for four hours before they were collected by their hosts.
The official further claimed that Yanga were accommodated at a hotel that was below the standards, but thanks to the Tanzania Ambassador to Ethiopia, they were taken to another hotel.
A contingent of 26 people, including 18 players and eight officials are in Ethiopia, as Yanga vie for a victory against Dedebit to seal their place to the next round.
The Premier League side could only manage a 4-4 draw in the first leg tie played at home about a fortnight ago.
They can also progress with a draw of five goals. The players who are in Addis Ababa include Yaw Berko, Ivan Knezevic, Shadrack Nsajigwa, Abuu Ubwa, Isaack Boakye, Ernest Boakye, Chacha Marwa, Ibrahim Job, Godfrey Bonny, Davis Mwape, Iddi Mbaga, and Juma Seif.
Others are Yahaya Tumbo, Omega Seme, Kigi Makasi, Nsa Job, Nadir Haroub 'Canavaro' and Jerryson Tegete
Simba SC receive Owino boost
Meanwhile, the country's representatives in the CAF Champions League, Simba have received a timely boost ahead of their preliminary round return leg against Elan Mistoudje with the return of their key defender Ugandan Joseph Owino.
Simba Vice-Chairman, Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' told reporters in the city that Owino who missed the first leg away to Mistoudje that ended in a barren draw, has returned from Uganda where he went to attend examinations.
Nyange said the no-nonsense Cranes stopper has started training and is in good condition to face the Comoros should head coach Patrick Phiri decide so.
Striker Emmanuel Okwi and midfielder Rashid Gumbo, who were out injured, have also resumed full training and could feature tomorrow as well, but there is no place for Nico Nyagawa, Hilary Echesa and long term absentee Uhuru Selemani.
Nyange said the Simba squad was in good shape ahead of the crucial encounter and was optimistic that they will take good results and seal a place in the next round.
Meanwhile, Nyange announced the entrance charges for the match to be staged at the Uhuru Stadium on Sunday.
He said fans will have to pay 20,000/- for VIP seat, and 15,000/- , 8,000/- and 3,000/- for the Main, Green and popular stand respectively.
Their opponents were expected to jet in yesterday evening while the referees, who come from Rwanda and match commissioner from Zambia, are expected in the city today.