CAF Champions League: Tanzania’s Young Africans eye history ahead of quarter-finals


Young Africans, the Tanzanian football powerhouse with a rich history, are poised to script a new chapter in African football as they set their sights on their third TotalEnergies CAF Champions League quarter-final appearance.

With ambitions to elevate Eastern Africa onto the continental stage, the club is determined to leave an indelible mark in one of Africa’s most prestigious club competitions.

Having previously reached the quarter-finals in the 1969 and 1970 seasons, Young Africans aim to surpass their past achievements and stake their claim among the continent’s footballing elite.

Armed with a legacy of success in Tanzanian football, including 29 domestic titles and five CECAFA Club Championship victories, the club now seeks to translate its domestic dominance into continental glory.

Following a remarkable journey to the finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup last season, Young Africans are primed to challenge the continent’s best in the Champions League.

Their upcoming two-legged tie against South African powerhouse Mamelodi Sundowns presents a formidable but surmountable obstacle for “The Citizens.”

The first leg, scheduled for March 30 in Tanzania, will see Young Africans host Sundowns at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, a venue known for its electrifying atmosphere and passionate support.

A week later, the return leg will take place in South Africa, where Young Africans will look to upset their opponents and progress to the next stage of the competition.

Under the astute leadership of head coach Miguel Angel Gamondi, an experienced Argentine tactician with a distinguished pedigree in African football, Young Africans are well-equipped to navigate the challenges ahead. With Gamondi’s guidance and expertise, coupled with the talent and determination of the squad, the club harbors genuine aspirations of clinching their maiden continental trophy.

Crucial to Young Africans’ quest for success is Ivorian winger Paçome Zouzoua, whose stellar performances have been pivotal throughout their CAF Champions League campaign.

With four goals and two assists in nine games, Zouzoua epitomizes the club’s attacking prowess and will be instrumental in their pursuit of history on the continental stage.

As the quarter-final showdown looms, anticipation mounts among fans as Young Africans embark on their quest to etch their name in African football folklore.

With a blend of tradition, ambition, and talent, the Tanzanian giants are ready to seize their moment and make history in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.


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