15 February 2013

Tanzania: Brandts Challenges Yanga Strikers to Be More Clinical

YOUNG Africans head coach Ernest Brandts criticised the performance of his side despite massive 4-0 win over African Lyon in Wednesday's Vodacom Premier League encounter at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

In-form Jerryson Tegete continued with his blistering scoring form with a first half brace to put Yanga on their way to victory before Didier Kavumbagu and Nizar Khalfan scored a goal apiece in the closing half to seal a massive win that sent Brandts' team three points clear at the top of the standings.

But still the Dutch coach reproached the nature of his players' wastefulness on the day, arguing that they could have scored a few more had they been clinical enough in front of goal.

"Yes we won, but I'm not happy with the way my players are throwing away too many scoring opportunities, we could have scored a few more goals had they been clinical enough in front of goal," lamented Brandts.

The Premier League leaders were at their fluent best on Wednesday and fashioned a number of openings time and time in a one-sided match only to be denied by inept finishing or some superb saves by an impressive Lyon goalkeeper Abdul Seif. African Lyon were left chasing shadows as they could not catch or match Yanga as the latter's pace and attacking ability left Salum Bausi's team in their wake.

Brandts hailed the overall performance of his team, "We're the better team for the majority of the match and controlled the match and passed very well." The victory helped Yanga reopen a three-point lead over second-placed Azam, whilst stretching their gap with reigning champions Simba, who drew 1-1 against JKT Oljoro last Saturday, to nine points.

Brandts believes the forthcoming match against Azam will be massive in the title race and vowed to prepare his team to win it and boost their bid to wrestle the top flight silverware back from archrivals Simba. For Lyon, the loss, their third since the start of the second phase and their 12nd in total, compounded Lyon's misery, as they remain stuck at the foot of the 14-team table after managing nine points only from 16 outings.

Reasonably, African Lyon head coach Salum Bausi, who was hired recently in an attempt to rescue the team from the drop, conceded that they are now facing a daunting task to stay up. Bausi said the Lyon squad has lots of weaknesses in almost every department and it will take him time to change it and make it play his way.

"The players in this team lack the basics of football, it will take me time before I transform them and make them play the kind of football I want," said Bausi, who last December guided Zanzibar Heroes to finish third in the 2012 CECAFA Challenge Cup.

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