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Yanga fail to solve players’ strike

YOUNG Africans players boycotted training for a second day yesterday over unpaid salaries.

All first team players except goalkeeper Ally Mustafa and defender Oscar Joshua refused to show up for the morning training session morning at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Head coach Zambian George Lwandamina and the team’s other technical bench members arrived at the stadium to oversee the session only to be greeted by the players’ noshow.

The players are reportedly owed salaries for November. One of the players, who claimed anonymity confirmed to the ‘Daily News’ that they stopped training until the club’s paid their salaries. On Monday, the players turned up at the stadium but refused to take part in training, in an apparent move sought to push the club’s management settle their unpaid salaries.

Yanga’s Deputy Secretary General Baraka Deusdedit confirmed on the players’ strike, but denied that it was down to unpaid salaries. Deusdedit said that the club did not owe the players their November salaries; rather they wanted to get December salaries before end of the month due to upcoming holidays.

Deusdedit said the management was working on the matter and was optimistic that the players would be back in training immediately. “This issue between the management and the players, the management is working on it and it will be settled.

I believe they’ll be back in training today (yesterday) and tomorrow,” he said. Young Africans, who are defending champions, are set to engage African Lyon in their next league match due at the Uhuru Stadium on Friday.

They are currently occupying second place in the league with 36 points from 16 outings, trailing leaders Simba by two points. Zambian trainer, Lwandamina who joined the club recently would obviously get incensed by such sort of distractions at the start of reign.

He took to his facebook page yesterday to explain the importance of professional discipline and self-discipline, sending a clear message to his new charges of what he expect of them.

He wrote; “Discipline is a key element in developing and maintaining motivated hardworking footballers and united teams and it is the most important attribute needed to achieve any type of personal or athletic excellence.”

Lwandamina warned that no personal success, achievement, or goal, can be realised without self-discipline, noting it self-discipline was an attitude of mind that required hard work and dedication.

“It means keeping your head down in the boring classes and not just the ones you really like; it means keeping at the exercises and drills you find tedious so you can be in the best possible shape and it means making the right choices in situations that may lead to harm.”

“Indeed, self-discipline can not only make us better athletes, it can also make us better in real life too,” the Zambian tactician asserted.

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