By Amini Nyaungo
There is nothing to choose between Tanzania’s champions Young Africans and Kenya’s ‘heroes’ the AFC Leopards before they meet in the semifinal of Sportpesa Super Cup at the Uhuru National Stadium this evening.
Historically, each team has inflicted costly defeats on the other in their first matches of the Sportpesa Super Cup held last week in Dar es Salaam.
AFC Leopards from Kenya qualified after won against Singida United in the penalty (5-4), while Young Africans (Yanga) won against Tusker FC from Kenya.
In its first semi-final match this afternoon, Yanga will miss its seven key players from the first eleven team who have been selected to join the senior national team squad which they play on Saturday against Lesotho in qualifying for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Expected line-up Yanga team: Deogratius Munishi "Dida" Juma Abdul, Mohamedi Ally, Nadir Haroub,Andrew Vicent, Pato Ngonyani, Yusufu Mhili, Maka Edward Mwakalukwa, Obrey Chirwa,Juma Mahadhi na Emanuel Martin.
However, another clash will played later evening Gor Mahia against Nakulu All Stars.
Who is Young Africans FC?
Young Africans Sports Club, locally known as Yanga, is a Tanzanian football club based in Dar es Salaam. Their home games are played at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium. It is one of the two biggest teams in Tanzanian football, their archrivals being Simba. Both teams are based in Dar es Salaam.
The team's colors are yellow, green and black. Yanga has won more Tanzanian Premier League titles than their arch rivals Simba SC.
Who is AFC Leopards?
All Footballers' Confederation Leopards Sports Club, officially abbreviated as A.F.C. Leopards and also commonly known as Ingwe (Luhya for Leopards), is a Kenyan association football club based in Nairobi.
It currently competes in the Kenyan Premier League, the top tier of the Kenyan football league system, and was founded in 1964. With 13 top-flight league titles to their name, AFC Leopards is Kenya's second most successful club behind Gor Mahia (15 titles), with whom they regularly contest the Nairobi derby. The team currently plays its home games at the Nyayo National Stadium.