Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has tasked Young Africans (Yanga SC) to go above the stage they reached in the Caf Confederation Cup by winning the title in the coming season.
The Jangwani Street-based giants reached the final of the Confederation Cup but failed to secure the trophy against USM Alger on the away goals rule. Yanga lost the first leg final 2-1 in Tanzania and despite winning 1-0 in the return leg away, it was not enough to give them the trophy.
Despite missing out on the trophy, Yanga were hosted to a dinner party at State House by President Suluhu, who urged them to work harder and win the throne in the new campaign.
“It is an important day; we celebrate Young Africans’ success,” said Suluhu adding: “Through these competitions, you have noticed your weakness and strength. Therefore, you will bring home a title in the next competitions.”
Suluhu believes a Tanzanian club will soon win the Caf trophy by stating: “In 1993, Simba SC reached this far; therefore, our country can do better; what is required is hard work and motivation. I assure you that the government is with you so we can make a better history than this.”
President Samia further lauded Yanga for such achievement: “You have made us proud and deserve the utmost praise. I acknowledge that these successes did not come by chance, but the collective results of the players, Coach Nabi and his technical bench team effort, the team’s sponsors, and the Ministry for Culture, Arts, and Sports.”
Yanga have already retained the Tanzanian Premier League title with two matches to spare and are in the final of the Azam FA Cup where they will take on Azam FC.