Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Yanga to Play Final Friendly in Turkey

KAGAME Cup champions Yanga will play their last friendly match on Friday against Dutch First Division side Emmen FC at the Adora football - Berek grounds at the outskirts of Antlaya town.

Yanga have been in Turkey for the past two weeks where they have been sharpening up ahead of the second leg of the domestic league, which will kick off on January 26, this year. Yanga are currently leading the table standings on 29 points, five ahead of Azam at second and six above Simba at third.

Yanga spokesperson, Baraka Kizuguto said in the club's website that the team continued with the drilling at the Fame Residence football in Antalya yesterday The Jangwani Street team Coach Dutchman Ernie Brandts is relishing the challenge, saying the Dutch side will give his team a befitting test on Friday.

"It is one of the best teams in the Netherlands and we hope they will give us a fittingly test," he said. FC Emmen is based in Emmen, Drenthe and currently playing in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of football in the Netherlands. They FC reached the Eerste Divisie play-offs eight times, but never managed to clinch promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie, which is the top flight league.

This will be the third match for Yanga in Turkey. In their first friendly match over the weekend, Yanga drew 1-1 against German side Arminia Bielefeld with the Yanga goal netted by striker Jerryson Tegete. Tegete was also on the score sheet when Yanga lost 2-1 to former UEFA Cup tier side, Denizlispor FC of Turkey on Monday night.

The match 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 Ankaragücü at home match. As part of the Turkish Football Federation's Süper 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. 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.

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