Young Africans SC (Yanga SC) have moved to second position in the Tanzania Mainland League after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Polisi Tanzania at Uhuru Stadium.
In the reverse fixture last season, the two sides settled for a 3-3 draw and in the second round, and then they settled for a 2-2 draw. With massive signings made by the Jangwani Street-based side, the hosts came into the match as favourites to win the game.
Under Cedric Kaze, they started the match on a high note, keen on getting an early goal to give them momentum and, for the fans, a reason to keep them cheering.
The administrative side remained disciplined and gave as much as they received, and it was their defensive play which limited Timu ya Wananchi from getting a goal at the Shamba la Bibi.
In the second half, the former champions upped their tempo, limiting their opponents from getting out of their half.
The visitor's consistency finally overwhelmed Polisi and in the 70th minute, they managed to get the goal. Mukoko Tonombe, referred to as Ticha, was let loose in the danger zone and fully capitalized on the advantage to win maximum points for Wananchi.
Despite the spirited fight-back by Polisi, Young Africans held on to claim their fifth consecutive win in the Tanzania Mainland League.
In another match played on Thursday, Simba SC went down 1-0 to Tanzania Prisons.
Samson Mbagula scored the only goal that separated the sides in their first engagement after returning from the international break.
Tanzania Prisons and Simba were unable to break the deadlock in the first half despite both sides creating clear chances that should have otherwise resulted in goals.
The visitors had to make a 14th-minute change when left-back Shomari Kapombe was injured and his place was filled by Kennedy Juma.
But in the second half, the hosts managed to breach Simba’s backline and scored a stunning opener.
Tanzania Prisons – with no urgency at all – built their play up from the right-wing and a final combination between Salum Kimenya and Michael Ismail led to the goal.
Kimenya picked Ismail and the latter delivered a fairly high cross into the box which Mbangula rose high above Erasto Nyoni and Juma, to head it into the top corner.
Azam FC lead the race with 21 points from seven games followed by Yanga who have five points less, having played six games while Simba SC are third with 13 points from the same number of games.