Yanga’s run of three titles in a row has reached the end with Simba taking the crown after the Jangwani Boys were defeated 2-0 by Tanzania Prison at the Sokoine stadium, Mbeya.
Yanga's defeat helped Simba to clinch their first Ligi Kuu title in five seasons.
Yanga entered in the game knowing that only a victory could delay the “unstoppable Simba” the title at least for a further two days until Saturday when they will play Singida United.
However, Yanga technical bench opted to give priority to the CAF Confederation Cup clash against Rwanda’s Rayon Sports on May 16 by selecting a “weak side” which contained several second team players to travel to Mbeya for the big match.
The game started in a slow mood with both teams trying to create opportunities to score goals but the chances couldn’t come for either side until the break.
The man of the match, Eliuta Mpepo broke the deadlock, 12 minutes after the restart through a penalty after Yanga’s veteran midfielder Thaban Kamusoko handled the ball inside the area.
Yanga went close for an equalizer through Yohana Nkomola but his header got well over the crossbar following Juma Abdul free kick.
Five minutes before the final whistle, Prison doubled their advantage through Salum Pascal by scoring another goal and ensured the Mbeya based side seal the first victory against Yanga in nine games.
The victory left Prison in the fourth position behind Yanga who have played less games than other teams at the table.
Yanga handed the first start of the season to “unfit” goalkeeper Beno Kakolanya and Juma Abdul captained the side in the absence of Nadir Haroub and Kelvin Yondani.
Geoffrey Paul made his debut for Yanga after being promoted from the second team while his teammate Yusuph Seleman was selected for the bench alongside Amis Tambwe which only contained two players.
Simba now will heading to Singida to play Singida United on May 12 with their 19th premier league title sealed.