Yanga enjoyed a 2-0 home victory over Ethiopia’s Welayta Dicha in the CAF Confederation Cup first leg tie on Saturday.
Rafael Daud and Emmanuel Martin were the heroes for the Jangwani’s outfit in an evening were Yanga played without the suspended Papy Tshishimbi, Obrey Chirwa, Kelvin Yondani and Juma Said for the first time since the start of the season.
The win means Yanga will need to escape defeat in the second leg in order to book a place in the group stage for the second time in three seasons in the tournament.
Goal looks on some of the key talking points from the match.
Yanga have learnt from past mistakes
Yanga were relegated into the CAF Confederation Cup after being knocked out of the Champions League by Botswana’s Township Rollers.
In the first leg which was held in Dar es Salaam, Yanga were tormented in front of their fans by a 2-1 defeat. They tried to turn the results when they played away but it was too late after being tied to goalless draw.
The biggest mistake was their failure to use home advantage in the first leg, that is why they crashed out of the tournament and missed the chance to be in the Champions League’s group stage.
This time around, Yanga were in good mood and their plan was clear during the match that they needed a big home win and surely they get their wish although there is work to do in the second leg away.
A 2-0 victory in the knock out stage is a big win but in order to get past Dicha they have to produce a decent performance in Ethiopia.
Missed chances could cost Yanga
Yanga were in the driving seat throughout the game, and dominated the visitors for most time of the game. The hosts created several clear opportunities to score more goals but disappointed when they couldn’t take them.
You never know how Welayta Dicha will react in the second leg and if the results will go in another direction for Yanga, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Ibrahim Ajib was the most wasteful player, missing three clear chances to score.
Yusuph Mhilu is the future
The Young star was deployed as false number nine due in the absence of key strikers Obrey Chirwa, Donald Ngoma and Amis Tambwe.
However, Mlihu looked very assured, holding up the play in front, dribbling with purpose and played a key role in both goals. That was one among the best performance for the teenager in the Yanga shirt and it will give George Lwandamina plenty to ponder about.
If he keeps up this kind of performance in more games, he will no doubt he be Yanga’s star in the near future.
Is the time up for Nadir Haroub “Cannavaro”?
The absence of Kelvin Yondani in the back line seemed as the perfect chance for the Yanga skipper to get his chance after spending three months on the sidelines.
However, Lwandamina decided to go with Vicent Andrew and Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja” at the heart of defense.
This if aything signals that time is up for the veteran central defender who has been a Yanga player for more than ten seasons, winning seven league titles, one Kagame Cup and the FA cup.
There is no secret that Yanga will be in the transfer market to find for another defender and chances for 'Cannavaro' will be even slimmer to feature in the team for next season.
Dicha have many players to watch
Before the match Goal , tipped that Djako Arafat is the player to watch for the visitors. He was a lively player throughout the game.
His dribbling, vision, and creativity was brilliant. However, there are even more player to watch especially in the second leg.
Mubarik Shikori is one among them, he is the right full-back but he got forward frequently and his delivery was very dangerous.
Lwandamina has to find solutions to deal with this man heading in the second leg.