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U.S.M Alger vs Yanga: Preview, Injury update, line-ups

8:19 PM MYT 06/05/2018
This will be the first ever meeting between the sides

Yanga are all set to play against Algerian giants U.S.M Alger in the opening game of CAF Confederation Cup group stage on Sunday.

The game comes one week after their derby loss against Simba in the Premier League.

Although Yanga have met several Algerian clubs but this will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

The last trip for Yanga in Algeria was in April, 2017 were they played U.S.M Alger local rivals MC Alger and they ended up with heavy loss of 4-0. It was in the playoff round of this tournament.

U.S.M Alger are regulars when it comes to this tournament, they have not won the title but they regularly taken part in the competition.

Their biggest achievement to date came in 2015 when they reached the final of CAF Champions League but unfortunately lost to TP Mazembe on a 4-1 aggregate.   

For Yanga, this is not a new landmark for them, they have good experience when it comes to CAF tournaments.

Two seasons ago, they reached the group stage of this tournament where they were pooled together with MO Bejeia, TP Mazembe and Medeama.

Speaking to Goal, before the team departed the country last Thursday, Yanga promised a good fight against their opponents although they flew with “weak side”.

Yanga’s spokesman Dismas Teni said that, they have prepared the team well enough to give a good performance away from home.

“We have prepared ourselves well enough, we are very keen on the match and we want to give out good fight and secure a good result” said Teni.

Team news

Yanga have left the country without some of it's key players in their starting line-up. Papy Tshishimbi, Kelvin Yondani, Obrey Chirwa, and Ibrahim Ajib are all set to miss the clash.

Meanwhile, the long term absentees such as Amis Tambwe, Donald Ngoma and Thaban Kamusoko remain sidelined.

Yanga also flew without a senior fit forward. Teenager, Yohana Mkomola is expected to lead the line although he has not featured in any of  Yanga’s matches since the begining of the year through injury. His last appearance came in December last year in the Mapinduzi cup.

Predicted Yanga’s line-up

Youthe Rostand, Hassan Kessy, Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja”, Vincente Andrew, Gadiel Michael, Juma Said, Raphael Daud, Pius Buswita, Yusuph Mhilu, Yohana Mkomola, Emmanuel Martin