- The Belgian Young Africans (Yanga SC) coach Luc Eymael has lauded his custodian Farouk Shikalo for a solid display that helped his side beat Kagera Sugar 1-0 in a Mainland Premier League match played on Wednesday.
The Kenyan custodian came into the match replacing Metacha Mnata and was the key player for the Jangwani Street-based giants as Ghanaian forward Bernard Morrison scored the all-important goal in the 79th minute to earn the maximum points.
The tactician says the Kenyan custodian was the best player for Yanga in the match as he made two vital point-blank saves to deny Kagera and keep his side in the game.
“(Shikalo) today (Wednesday) has been very good, very decisive, he had a brilliant save in the first half, another brilliant save in the second half, he had to make two vital saves which kept us in the game, he had a very good game today and kudos to him,” Eymael said after the match.
The former Bandari goalkeeper also praises his teammate goal-scorer Morrison, who was returning to the team after missing a couple of matches owing to transfer rumors linking him to Simba SC.
“It was good to win, it was sweet revenge, Morrison was not fit enough and his match fitness was not good, we saw he was not fit enough but one chance for him is always a goal and that is why I decided to play him,” the Keeper said.
“He helped us, if you have Morrison in your team, then you are good to go, he is always an added value to your team, he adds good value to your team and one chance for him is always a goal and I am happy he scored today,” he added.
He also thanked the rest of the squad, who showed unity, fighting determination, and the winning spirit to see off Kagera.
“It was not an easy game but we kept pressing them until we scored the goal which turned out to be the winner,” he concluded.
Yanga will now turn their focus to the FA Cup, where they are to take on rivals Simba SC in the semi-finals at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.