Brandts delighted with tough Tanzanian

YANGA head coach, Ernest Brandts, has cherished competitiveness in the Mainland Premier League, saying it is much higher as compared to the one existing in Rwanda.

Brandts had been coaching Rwanda’s soccer giants, APR, prior to taking over at Yanga after the Tanzanian side had parted ways with its Belgian coach, Tom Saintfiet.

Brandts revealed shortly after Yanga had thrashed Tanga’s JKT Mgambo 3-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the presence of about eight strong outfits in the league makes it extremely competitive as opposed to the Rwandan Premier League, which has only four strong teams.

The Dutch tactician also expressed satisfaction in his team’s improvement in performance in recent matches and insisted on the need to win all games to ultimately lay hands on the silverware. He admitted there were some moments of carelessness in his squad’s performance during the Wednesday match but was generally impressed by the team’s work rate, and was delighted to have chalked the convincing win.

“I can’t blame my players for not scoring more goals despite having got so many chances. We have got the win and that is a very important thing for us,” said Brandts. “We lost concentration at some point during the closing stages of the match and the players did not push together much at the time.

If we want to win this league, we have to win every game,” he added. The victory has seen Yanga continue to put pressure on rivals and defending champions, Simba, as the two sides are now separated by a goal difference, with Simba still occupying the top position despite having managed a 1-1 draw with Polisi Morogoro at the Jamhuri Stadium the same day.


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