Ibrahim Ajib Yanga's player of October
Young Africans striker Ibrahim Ajib has been named the club's Player of the Month after a superb October that saw him score two goals against Stand United, and will get 1 milion Tanzanian Shillings.
The Tanzanian forward has been a huge hit since his transfer from Simba. His goals have helped propel Younga Africans towards the top of the Ligi Kuu Bara table, level on points with Simba.
Ajib told Goal, that he is happy that fans recognize his efforts on the pitch and he is more than grateful for the reward, and he promissed to keep on the fight to retain the title for Yanga.
"I thank all who nominated me to be the best player of the month for Yanga, I know there are lot of good players in the club, who are even better than me, but I will keep on the fight for my club, we have to fulfill our goal and retain the title," said Ajib.
Deus Kaseke remains wary of Yanga threat
Singida United midfielder Deus Kaseke says he is well aware of Young Africans ability ahead of their match against the Jangwani Street giants.
When the two teams face off at the Namfua Stadium in Singida on Saturday, the glamour tie will provide the backdrop for a fascinating touchline duel between coach George Lwandamina of Yanga and Singida’s Hans van Der Pluijm of Singida United.
Kaseke said Wednesday that the Jangwani Street giants have not lost a match this season and as such, it would be a big challenge to beat them in Saturday’s Ligi Kuu Bara match.
Van der Pluijm and Lwandamina are among league coaches who boast squads capable of winning the country’s elite club prize this season.
“The game will be difficult. We know that Yanga are a good team but we are ready for the challenge,” Kaseke, who featured for the Dar es Salaam team last season, said.
The anxiously awaited showdown will be part of the activities lined up to officially launch the refurbished Namfua Stadium.
“I played for Yanga last season so I know how they play, but as a team, we have to prepare well and ensure tactics are in place to win the match.
“It is important that we get maximum points and ensure we go top or remain in the touching distance of leaders Simba and second-placed Yanga,” he insisted.
Singida United, who earned promotion to the Ligi Kuu Bara this season, sit sixth in the league table with 13 points from eight outings, three behind Simba and Yanga.
Simba and Yanga, who battled to a one-all draw at the Uhuru Stadium last weekend, tie on 16 points but the Msimbazi Reds are ahead on goal difference.
Last weekend, Pluijm’s men dropped two vital points in their barren draw with Mtibwa Sugar at the Manungu Stadium in Morogoro.
Third-placed Mtibwa Sugar and Azam FC, who sit fourth in the league standing, also have 16 points each from eight games.
This will be the second time for the two teams to face off this season. A few months ago, they met in a pre-season friendly match which Yanga won 3-2.