Young Africans came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Dar es Salaam after Amr Gamal opened the scores for Al Ahly early in the game before Ahmed Hegazi turned the ball into his own net for the equalizer midway.
Head Coach of the Dar es Salaam based club, Hans Van der Pluijm insist his squad is capable upsetting their Egyptian host by scoring goals at the Borg Al-Arab Stadium, Alexandria.
“We can win in Egypt though it won’t be easy. We have to be more focused and determined. We will defend first and then we can attack to score,” said the 66-year old Pluijm.
“But it should be known that we are going to play against Africa’s ‘best’ team. They are the CAF Champions League all-time winners, and you need a lot of hard work and energy to upset them,” added the Dutchman who guided Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea to the group stage in 2012 where they played against Ahly.
History does not favour Yanga as they have never won on Egyptian soil and have yet to score past Ahly in four previous meetings.
The last meeting between the two sides was at the 1/8th round playoff of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup in 2014, which ended 1-1 on aggregate with Ahly smiling at the end via the lottery of penalties.
Yanga left back, Haji Mwinyi says that they are training intensively ahead of the clash as well as watching Ahly matches to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
“I believe we can upset them on their home soil. We have been training for the game since last weekend,” said Mwinyi in his first season with the Tanzania champions.
“If we can lower their attack in flanks, the game will be a bit easy for us. Their wingers are good and tactically organized,” added former Zanzibar side KMKM defender.
Captain Nadir Haroub nicknamed ‘Cannavaro’ after the former Italy captain added: “We have to be tactically disciplined to outplay them. I believe our coach has good approach for the game and if we adhere to his training we can beat them”.