Yanga have qualified for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Ethiopia’s Wolyata Dicha 2-1 on aggregate.
Goals from Rafael Daud and Emmanuel Martin were enough for the Jangwani side to register an impressive home win that they took to Ethiopia for the second leg.
In the return leg away, Wolayta Dicha pulled a goal back through Araf Djako, but Yanga held on until the final whistle to book their place in the group stage.
Goal looks back on some of the key talking points from Yanga’s qualification to the group stage of the CAF Confedeartion Cup
Yanga have to avoid the past mistakes
Last time Yanga reached this stage was two years ago but they didn’t advance into the semi-final after accumulating only four points out of a possible 18 points.
It is very difficult to secure all points but when a team takes at least ten points, it usually puts them in good position to move forward.
Yanga have to ensure they grab at least nine points from their home ground, and fight for a point in an away ground this will help put them in a good place to move forward.
In their last campaign Yanga couldn’t use their home ground advantage after losing once, drawing once and winning only against Algeria’s MO Bejaia.
Yanga have to strengthen their squad
After successfuly securing the chance to play in the group stage, Yanga have the CAF’s license to strengthen their squad by adding three players.
When you look at Yanga’s squad you will know that, they need to add another experienced goalkeeper who will challenge Youthe Rostand.
Recently, the goalkeeper has committed several mistakes but there is no one on the bench who can replace him in the starting line-up.
Another area, is in striking force, Yanga have only Obrey Chirwa as a senior striker who can lead the team..
Amis Tambwe and Donald Ngoma are good strikers but they are not getting any young and they need to move on because they have not helped the team due to a series of injuries since the start of the season.
They also struggled at the back with only Kelvin Yondani, Abdallah Shaibu and Vicente Andrew as fit central defenders.
Yanga have to use this opportunity to sign good players who will improve their squad before the group stage games start.
They have good young players such as Yusuph Mhilu, Ramadhan Kabwili, Saidi Musa, Maka Edward but the group stage needs maturity.
Yanga have to sign experienced head coach
George Lwandamina has left the club and Yanga are under assistant coaches Noel Mwandila and Shadrack Nsajigwa. The search for a new Head Coach continues and there is a lot of speculation as to who will take charge of the club moving forward.
Some reports suggest that Yanga need a reunion with Hans van Pluijm while other say that Mbao’s Etienne Ndayiragije is close to getting the job.
Both are good coaches, but neither is likely to help Yanga move forward, they need to go for experienced Coach in order to help them perfrom in the group stage.