Yengi backs Adelaide to beat anyone ahead of Melbourne City semi-final

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It’s never easy taking on the defending champions, but Adelaide United’s number nine Kusini Yengi has nothing but belief in his squad. 

“We just have a great mix of youth and experience,” said Yengi. 

“And our goal since day one was to win a championship, and we got ourselves into a position to play finals football and we believe we can beat anyone.” 

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Adelaide made it six wins on the trot on Sunday night after their triumphant 3-1 elimination final victory over Central Coast Mariners, where Adelaide’s biggest star in Craig Goodwin shined. 

“He is our star player, he is a Socceroo, and we need him to deliver,” Yengi said. 

“He has been delivering all season long, and when he is performing the team plays so well.” 

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It has been a different game for Goodwin in recent weeks as he has taken on the captaincy of the club, but Yengi says despite him not being the loudest captain, his performances more than make up for it. 

“He’s a focused individual, but he leads with his experience and performances on the field,” Yengi said.

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Adelaide’s run in the 2022 finals will only go as far as their stars will take them, and after a night of firsts on Sunday for United’s young star – Kusini Yengi – he is ready to grab this final series by the scruff of the neck. 

“I feel really good, I’m still a bit rusty but I’ve still got heaps of improvement in me,” Yengi said. 

“I’m still young and I’ve got so much to work on and improve.” 

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In his first ever final, Yengi also slotted home his first ever goal at Coopers Stadium in front of the home fans. 

“The family was happy, and it was nice to finally say I’m scoring goals at Coopers,” said Yengi. 

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Adelaide will now host defending champions Melbourne City on Wednesday night in the first leg of a semi-final double header. 

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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