3 January 2013

Tanzania: Yanga Turkey Camp Impresses Brandts

KAGAME Cup champions head coach, Ernie Brandts, is pleased with the Turkey camp as his team stepped up training to prepare for the final phase of the Mainland Premier League.

Brandts charges departed for Turkey early this week basing themselves at the lavish Sueno Beach Hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and are using the Hotel's training facilities which include two large pitches and a small artificial turf surface.

"The camp is massive for us and it gives us a solid base to structure our preparations for the final phase of the league." "Our intention is clear, we want to knock off Simba and win the league and get back in CAF Champions League next year," said the Dutch coach.

He praised his players, saying they are giving their 100 per cent in training and was hopeful that they will do the same in the top flight league. Yanga are currently leading the Mainland Premier League on 29 points, five ahead of second placed Azam FC who have heavily recruited in the December transfer window and six points above defending Champions Simba who are third.

Yanga are seeking to lift their domestic title and book a slot in continental soccer after failing to do so in the last season where they finished third. Players who made the trip to Turkey are Goalkeepers: Ally Mustafa 'Barthez', Said Mohamed, Yusuph Abdul.

Defenders; Juma Abdul, Shadrack Nsajigwa, Godfrey Taita, Stephano Mwasika, Oscar Joshua, Mbuyu Twite, Nadir Haroub, Ladisalus Mbogo, Kelvin Yondani Midfielders; Athumani Idd, Frank Domayo, Haruna Niyonzima, Kabange Twite, Nurdin Bakari, Omega Seme, Simon Msuva, Rehani Kibingu, Nizar Khalfani, David Luhende

Strikers; Didier Kavumbagu, Said Bahanunzi, Jerson Tegete, George Banda, Hamis Kiiza Officials; Ernie Brandts (Coach), Fred Felix Minziro (Asst), Rizaki Siwa (goalkeeper trainer), Dr Suphian Juma (team doctor), Hafidh Saleh (T.M.), Baraka Kizuguto (media liaison), Mohamed Nyenge (head of delegation)

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