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Yanga secretary Celestine Mwesigwe says lack of venue reason behind the cancellation of the build encounter that was set for Sunday

An international friendly match between Tanzanian side Young Africans (Yanga) and AFC Leopards of Kenya has been called off.

The match was slated for Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Yanga Secretary-General Celestine Mwesigwe confirmed today that cancelling of the game was caused by the government who gave them only one day to use the stadium instead of two.

“We asked for three days but the government has given us only one day which is Monday. We have decided to cancel that game,” he said, noting that on Monday Yanga will play African Lyon.

Mwesigwe said the team’s build-up match against Coastal Union of Tanga has also been eliminated for the same reason.

He said that he will make sure that they test all new players in friendly matches ahead of the Mainland Premier League set to kick-off on September 1.

Some of the newcomers are Didier Kavumbagu, Mbuyu Twite and Frank Domayo, with fans anxious to see how they can stand competition and challenge as the league starts.

AFC Leopards were scheduled to use the friendly to gauge the preparedness of some of its key players returning back from injury. Speedy winger Paul Were, whom they signed from defending champions Tusker FC was among the players named in the squad for the friendly tour.