Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:32

Medeama vrs Young Africans: A win or face elimination Featured

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The CAF Confederation Cup returns today at the Essipong Stadium with Medeama and Young Africans all aiming for victory in the game.

It is a crucial moment for Medeama SC and Young Africans in the 2016 Caf Confederations Cup, with both teams all eyeing for all maximum points as they prepare for battle on Tuesday evening.

Both teams know that anything without a win could all but end their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the continental showpiece; neither side managed a win in their opening fixtures.

The Tarkwa based club are in a slightly better position heading into the clash in Sekondi with the Ghanaian cup winners accumulated two points from their allotted fixtures thus far; a 3-1 defeat to Mazembe was followed by a 0-0 draw at home to MO Béjaïa and a 1-1 stalemate in Dar es Salaam.

The teams were woeful in front of goal in the reverse fixture in Tanzania, but Medeama goal-minder Daniel Agyei remains optimistic about his side's chances and has urged his colleagues to put in a better performance.

"We will not make the same mistakes again," Agyei to the local media.

"This is a crucial match for us and there has been a major emphasis on scoring in our preparations. We must win to keep alive hopes of reaching the knockout stages."

With just single point from the opening three matches, Yanga are on the brink of elimination and will need nothing but a full compliment of points in West Africa to reignite their chances.

"When we play away, we play with little pressure; it is different from home games where we play under intensive pressure and sometimes fail to deliver to our standards," Yanga head coach Hans van der Pluijm is quoted as saying.

"We had wished to win the last two games to put us in a good chance to qualify but we could not do it. I cannot say our hopes have vanished. No! We still have chance.

We have to win in Ghana to revive our hopes.

Having only scored once in their opening three matches - against Medeama last time out - Van der Pluijm has urged his attackers to up their game.

"Strikers win matches and one goal from three matches is unacceptable,"

The Dutch-born coach added "Our situation is precarious, but we cannot lose hope. Anything is possible in football and beating Medeama could close the gap behind Bejaia to a single point." 

The match is scheduled to be staged at the Sekondi-Essipong Stadium this afternoon.

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