Yanga remain calm after a 1-0 loss to MO Bejaia in Algeria in the opening game of group A whilst Mazembe beat Ghanaian side, Medeama 3-1 in Lubumbashi to top the group.
Yanga right back, Juma Abdul who missed the last game against Bejaia due to an ankle injury, says they are well prepared to face Mazembe in their quest to revive their campaign after an opening day loss.
“Losing the opening game does not mean we will also loose to Mazembe. No! We are well prepared to win the game,” he declared in a confident tone.
“We know Mazembe is a big opponent. They are well organized and determined. They won the CAF Champions League last year because they were the best team. We have to play them with caution,” added Juma, who is racing against time to be fit for the crucial encounter.
Yanga will miss its three key men, left backs, Mwinyi Haji and Oscar Joshua as well as their top striker, Amissi Tambwe due to suspension and injury.
Yanga coach, Hans Van der Pluijm is adamant that his new signing, Obrey Chirwa from FC Platinum of Zimbabwe will cover Tambwe gap in the striking force.
“Chirwa (Obrey) is doing fine and possibly he will cover Tambwe's absence. I can’t confirm but all the strikers are working hard too,” said Pluijm.
The Dutch born tactician is determined that if his players will follow his training thoroughly they have a big chance to win but also argue them not to underestimate Mazembe, the five times African Champions League winners.
“If everyone follows what I told them in training we can do better. A home game is more important for us but Mazembe is no little opponent, we have to play them with caution,” noted Pluijm.