Goals from Raphael Daud and Emmanuel Martin helped Yanga seize control of their CAF Confederation Cup tie with a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia’s Wolayta Dicha in Dar es Salaam.
Following a quick start, Daud scored the opener in less than five minutes after kick off to hand the visitors a job to do until the break.
Yanga's overall performance in the first half was not impressive, may be because they were playing without key players such as Papy Tshishimbi, Kelvin Yondani, Obrey Chirwa, and Juma Said who were all suspended after picking up second yellow cards in the last game against Township Rollers.
Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja” who came in to replace Yondani was one among the standout players throughout the game, commanding at the back.
Young star Yusuph Mhilu who was deployed as false number nine due to the absence of Chirwa, was brilliant up front and played a key role in both goals. His dribbling from the half way line created space for Martin to score the second goal after an hour mark.
The return leg will be held in ten days were Yanga will be boosted by the return of its key players who did not feature today.
Yanga have to blame themselves after missing several clear opportunities to score even more goals that could have eased pressure in the second leg.
The winner of the two legs will book a place in the group stage. The last time Yanga reached that milestone was in 2016 under Dutchman Hans van Pluijm.
Dicha in the past two games of this tournament drew 1-1 at Zanzibar with Zimamoto in the first leg before emerging victorious at home.
In the last round, they produced the result of the round by knocking out Egypt’s Zamaleck. In the first tie away, they accepted 2-1 defeat before winning against the Egyptian giant on penalty shoot-out.