Young Africans Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet has included Amavubi assistant skipper Haruna Niyonzima in the 20-man squad for this year's Cecafa Kagame Cup Championship which kicks off today.
Yanga squad for the tournament include goalkeeping duo of Yaw Berko and Ali Mustapha, Nadir Haroub, Juma Abdul, Godfrey Taita, Ladislaus Mbogo, Oscar Joshua, David Luhende and new signing from Simba Kevin Yondani.
Midfielders are Stephano Mwasika, Athumani Iddi, Rashid Gumbo, Juma Seif, Haruna Niyonzima, Nizar Khalfan, Idrisa Rashid, Hamis Kiiza and Said Bahanuz. Strikers are Jerry Tegete and Shamte Ally.
Saintfiet offloaded the team's lynchpin defender Shadrack Nsajigwa and Nurdin Bakari.
The Belgian trainer, who arrived in the country last week, said his choice of players has been based on performance and not historical background or trademark soccer.
According to Tanzanian media, the coach has been highly impressed by performance of defender Godfrey Taita, Juma Abdul and midfielder Haruna, who sparkled during recent build up friendlies ahead of the Kagame Cup.
Yanga open title retention bid as they take on Burundi champions Atletico Olympique at the National Stadium today. Rwanda's APR and Wawu Salama of South Sudan complete the group.
In a related development, Samba's opening match against Uganda Revenue Authority that was initially scheduled to be played on Monday at the National Stadium, has been brought forward to Sunday.