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Was It Foul Play? Yanga President Clears Air On Bus Breakdown

Young Africans president Engineer Hersi Said has insisted there was no malicious intent from Mamelodi Sundowns that led to their bus breaking down after arriving in South Africa.

The Tanzanian giants arrived in South Africa on Tuesday but made headlines after their bus broke down on their way from OR Tambo airport to their hotel.

With the bus being arranged by the hosts, Sundowns and some South African teams having experienced similar issues on their away trips, some football fans on social media questioned whether it could’ve been an attempt to disturb Yanga’s preparations ahead of their CAF Champions League quarter-final second leg on Friday.

However, the Yanga boss dismissed those talks outright, clarifying they just fell foul to a technical issue which had nothing to do with Sundowns.

“From the airport everything was fine, we’re very thankful to number one our hosts, Mamelodi Sundowns, but also the embassy of Tanzania in South Africa, they did amazing work, everything was perfect, we never had any hiccups at the airport,” he told Andile Ncube on Sports Night Amplified.

“As soon as we get out of the airport everything was fine, there was buses waiting for us and all that. But five minutes later, when we left the airport, the bus had a technical problem and the driver had to pull into the station next to the road.

“It’s a technical issue, but the only problem is my players left Dar es Salam in the morning, the flight is at 7Am, so we’re supposed to be at the airport at 5AM, so we’re commuting to the airport, coming from home around 4AM.

“So it’s an early flight, so everyone was exhausted and having the technical problems on the bus is frustrating everyone.

“We had to communicate with Mamelodi Sundowns and they were disappointed as well because it’s a rental bus and they to do some manouvering to get a replacement.

“We managed to get small cars from the embassy that took our players to the hotel. That’s exactly what happened and I spoke to Yogesh and was so disappointed with what happened and he apologised and it’s football.

“Apology accepted and we move ahead to the encounter on Friday.”

When quizzed whether he felt that it was something done intentionally to show a hostile reception, Hersi Said rebuffed those questions.

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“I know Mamelodi Sundowns is the biggest team in Africa and we’ve got a lot of respect for them. I don’t think they can do this cheap politics,” he added.

“For me, it’s not something that they’ve done to disturb us. It’s a male-function of the car, it’s a technical problem and I don’t think they encountered it when they were checking the bus.

“Rest assured, I’m very positive with the reception of Mamelodi Sundowns, I’ve got a very good relationship with the leaders of the club as well as with some operational leaders like Yogesh and the rest.

“I’m happy with that, they called me and apologised and no problem.”

Sundowns will host Yanga at Loftus Versfeld on Friday at 20:00, and will need a win, while a scoring draw or victory would take the away side into the semi-finals.

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