8 January 2013

Tanzania: Yanga to Test Former UEFA Cup Tier Side

KAGAME Cup champions Yanga will play their second friendly match on Tuesday against Turkey's First Division side Denizlispor FC.The match will be played at Selen Football- Kalimya Complex at the outskirts of Antlaya town.

Denizlispor was relegated to Bank Asya First League from the top flight football on April 24, 2010, after a goalless draw with Ankaraga at home match.Yanga coach, Ernie Brandts is relishing yet another challenge from a European club after he saw his team battling to a 1-1 draw by German side Arminia Bielefeld over the weekend.

"Denizlispor have top quality players and we hope they will give a fittingly test to us," said the Dutch tactician.The Denizlispor F C, which was originally founded in 1966, is currently the largest and most popular of the club's teams with a seating capacity of up to 19,500 fans at Denzili Atatark Stadium.

As part of the Turkish Football Federation's Saper Lig, Denizlispor have gained international recognition in recent years, when their fifth place finish in 2002 qualified them for a match in the UEFA Cup.That year, the team made a surprising run, defeating other European teams like FC Lorient, Sparta Prague and Olympique Lyonnais, before losing in the fourth round to FC Porto, who would eventually go on to win the tournament. Such is a record that Yanga is looking forward to test against.

Yanga have pitched a camp in Turkey to prepare for the final phase of the Mainland Premier League, which will resume on January 26.

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