No foul play in OR Tambo bus breakdown – Young Africans boss

No foul play in OR Tambo bus breakdown – Young Africans boss

Young Africans president Hersi Ally Said says there was no foul play in their team bus breaking down shortly after landing at OR Tambo ahead of Friday’s CAF Champions League clash against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Tanzanian outfit arrived in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon to a welcoming reception, however their transport experienced a technical issue just as the driver was connecting to the highway.

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Speaking to Metro FM on Sports Night Amplified with Andile Ncube, Said dismissed any notion that this was sabotage from their quarterfinals opponents.

''From the airport everything was fine. We are thankful for host Mamelodi Sundowns and the embassy of Tanzania in South Africa, they did an amazing job - everything was settled with no hiccups. 

''As soon as we got out of the airport everything was fine, but 5 minutes later when we left the airport the bus had a technical problem and the driver asked to pull to the station next to the road,'' expressed Said.

The delay did rob Yanga of recovery time after a long trip from Dar es Salam, and this was Said’s main concern.

''The only problem is, we left early in the morning - the flight was 7am and we were supposed to be at the airport around 5 am and everyone was exhausted,'' added Said.

Yanga did get in touch with their hosts Sundowns to inform them of the bus breaking down, and Said insists The Brazilians were just as annoyed and assisted in trying to make alternative arrangements.

 ''We had to communicate with Mamelodi Sundowns, they were so disappointed as well because it was a rented bus and they had to maneuver to get a replacement to take our players to Pretoria,'' he concluded.

The visitors believe there was nothing sinister and the focus is now on the second leg of the quarterfinal match at Loftus Stadium on Friday.