Tanzania Yanga SC to pitch camp in South Africa, to play Kaizer Chiefs in friendly

Tanzania giants Young Africans (Yanga SC) are set to embark on a pre-season camp in South Africa as they prepare for the upcoming 2024/2025 season.

This will mark a significant shift from their usual preparations in Kigamboni, highlighting their ambition and readiness for the challenges ahead. Yanga concluded last season with remarkable success, clinching the Premier League title for the third consecutive time and the 30th in the club’s storied history.

They also triumphed in the Federation Cup, securing victory in a nail-biting penalty shootout against Azam FC, which ended 6-5 after a goalless draw in regulation time.

Ally Kamwe, Young Africans’ information officer, expressed optimism about the upcoming preparations. “This time we are coming differently from previous seasons. We expect to camp in South Africa, at the invitation of various clubs, and we have to go to Kenya for the opening of a Stadium in Kisumu,” Kamwe said as quoted by the Guardian.

He emphasized the importance of the South African camp in providing a serene environment conducive to thorough preparation. The Jangwani Street-based side also showcased their prowess on the continental stage, reaching the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League.

Despite a valiant effort, they were edged out by South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, falling 3-2 in a penalty shootout after two goalless legs.

This season, Young Africans’ pre-season will be distinct, largely due to an invitation from South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs to play a friendly match in July. The match is a key component of their preparation, set to take place during the off-season period.

The decision to move the pre-season camp to South Africa stems from this invitation, alongside offers from various clubs in the region.

July last year, Chiefs participated in Young Africans’ Wananchi Day celebrations, followed by a pre-season match at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, where the hosts secured a 1-0 victory.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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