The National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday will be converted to green and yellow colors as Tanzania’s champions Yanga host Botswana giant Township Rollers in the first leg tie of the second round of the CAF Champions League.
The Jangwani giants are expected to use home advantage when they trot onto the field in an attempt to seek an important win.
Ahead of that big clash Goal gives important stats between the two giants.
How they progressed to reach the round
Rollers progressed into the second round of this tournament following their 4-2 aggregate success against Sudan’s El Merrekh. In their first leg at home they won by 3-0, before receiving 2-1 defeat in the returning leg at Khartoum.
Yanga advanced after beating Seychelles’s St Louis by 2-1 aggregate, they won by 1-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam and then drew 1-1 at Seychelles.
How they performed in this tournament last season
Last season Yanga crushed out on the away goal by Zambian Zesco United in the second round of the tournament, on the first leg the Yanga drew 1-1 at home, in the returning leg the results were 0-0, Zesco advanced through an away goal.
Meanwhile, in the same round Rollers who played against Madagascar’s CNaPS Sport failed to progress through an away goal too. In their first leg away from home they were beaten by 2-1, although they had a home victory of 3-2 in the returning leg but it proved not enough.
Home and away record
Mainly Yanga use Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium as their home ground.
Rollers were last beaten at their home by Kaizer Chief of Republic of South Africa in February 28, 2015.
Mainly they use the Botswana National Stadium and University of Botswana Stadium as their home ground.
Players to watch
Yanga have been in poor shape since most of his key players sidelined because of injuries. Their top scorer Obrey Chiwa is doubtful to feature in this tie while other important players like Donald Ngoma, Amis Tambwe remain absent.
However, the Jangwani side have a lot in their squad, Ibrahim Ajib and Pius Bwisita will be key to unlock the visitor’s defense. Both players have scored and assisted on some important goal this season.
It seems like Rollers are not good enough in front of goal this season, their number one striker Lemponye Tshireletso has just scored six goals in their 19 premier league matches. They have Ugandan midfielder Ivan Ntege who knows very well the East African style of play.
How they doing in the Premier League
Rollers lead the table of 16 teams, they have 43 points three clear from Galax in the second position after 19 games. In their last five matches they won three, defeated once and have a draw. They scored 36 goals and conceded 19.
Yanga sit second on the table six points adrift to leaders Simba SC, currently they are in good form winning all of their last five game.
They have scored 32 goals and concede 10 in the 19 Ligi Kuu matches.