KAGAME Cup champions Yanga lost 2-1 to former UEFA Cup tier side, Denizlispor FC of Turkey in a friendly match on Monday night.
In the match played at Selen Football- Kalimya Complex at the outskirts of Antlaya town, Yanga's lone goal was scored by striker Jerryson Tegete, who had also scored in the first friendly match over the weekend, in which they drew 1-1 against German side Arminia Bielefeld.
Tegete put Yanga ahead in the 35th minute and held on to lead 1-0 at the break. The Turkish side used their experience in store to pull level in the 78th minute before scoring a winner four minutes to the final whistle.
Despite losing to the Denizlispor FC, which features in the Turkey's First Division League, Yanga displayed a classic game, according to the Jangwani club's website. Denizlispor was relegated to Bank Asya First League from the top flight football on April 24, 2010, after a goalless draw with AnkaragÃ¼cÃ¼ at home match.
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 AtatÃ¼rk Stadium. As part of the Turkish Football Federation's SÃ¼per 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 who have pitched camp in Turkey to shape up for the final round of the Mainland Premier League, which is set to kick off on February 26. Yanga have vowed to knock off Simba to win the title this season. "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 Ernie Brandts.
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.
The Jangwani Street side is 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. Yanga line up; Ally Mustafa 'Barthez', Juma Abdul, Kabange Twite, Kevin Yondan, Nadir Haroub 'Cannavaro,' Athumani Iddi 'Chuji,' Haruna Niyonzima, Nurdin Bakari, Jerry Tegete/Didier Kavumbangu, Said Bahanuzi/Hamisi Kiiza and Simon Msuva.