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Yanga ends 2020 remain unbeaten

Friday January 01 2021
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By MAJUTO OMARY

Dar es Salaam. Young Africans maintained their record as the only unbeaten team in the Vodacom Premier League yesterday when they came from behind to hold Tanzania Prisons to a 1-1 draw in Sumbawanga. Yanga now have 44, and are still at the top of the standings, nine points ahead of defending champions Simba.

The Msimbazi Street giants have so far collected 35 points from 15 matches while Yanga have played 18 matches.

Tanzania Prisons managed to stop Yanga while attacking several times in the first half. Despite the poor pitch, Yanga created various scoring chances in the encounter, but all were wasted. Basically, most of the team’s players appeared not to be comfortable with the pitch that dented the flavour of the game. The first half ended in a barren draw. Tanzania Prisons started the second half with a bang as they managed to be ahead of the Jangwani Street lads following a goal scored by Jumanne Elfadhili in the 52nd minute.

Yanga equalised through Saido Ntibanzokiza in the 76th minute. This is the second time for Yanga to equalize in the league season as in the first match held at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium they also drew 1-1.

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Yanga attacking midfielder Tuisila Kisinda (left) fights for the ball against Tanzania Prisons defender Benjamin Asukile during the Vodacom Premier League match held at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Sumbawanga yesterday. The teams drew 1-1. photo | courtesy

However, Yanga head coach Cedric Kaze commended his players for the results, despite the poor play ground. He said the match was very tough and Tanzania Prisons are a very strong team. “We played against a tough team in the league and what we got today is regarded as the challenge to us and the mistakes we made will be rectified in our next matches,” said Kaze.

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Tanzania Prisons head coach Salum Mayanga also commended his players for the results, despite the fact that they were in a good position to win.

“We made mistakes that allowed them to equalize, we played well and faced a strong opposition from Yanga, However, I commend my players for the results,”said Mayanga.

In another match, Coastal Union drew 1-1 against Namungo and Azam FC won 1-0 against Polisi Tanzania.

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