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Azam crush Yanga in chaotic match

11th March 2012
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Police manhandling an elderly Yanga fan who had approached the referee in the dressing room at halftime in yesterday`s chaotic encounter. (Photo: Omar Fungo)

Dar Young Africans (Yanga) ended their second week of homecoming badly when Azam FC hit them 3-1 in a tense and chaotic premier league match at the National Stadium yesterday.

Yanga, who were eliminated in the Orange Champions League by Zamalek of Egypt last week, remain in third place on 37 points after the Azam defeat.

Azam top the 14-team Vodacom Premier League on 41 points followed by Simba who host Toto Africa today on 40 points.

The downfall of Yanga in yesterday’s tie stemmed from Haruna Niyonzima who was awarded a red card by referee Israel Nkongo for a second bookable offence. The Rwandan striker was first awarded a yellow card for angry gestures after the referee awarded a free kick to Azam, kicking the ball out of play in protest. He was again booked for fouling Ibrahim Mwaipopo.

Sending off Niyonzima irked Yanga players and started abusing the whistle man.

The latter handed a red card to Nadir Haroub for beating the referee, leaving Yanga with a nine-man outfit. Police has to intervene as chaos spread to the stands making the referee incapable of controlling play.

Up and coming striker John Bocco scored two goals for Azam and Kipre Bolou slotted another. The consolation goal for Yanga was registered by Hamisi Kiiza at the point of equaliser.

This is the fourth time Azam FC defeat Yanga consecutively. They handed the moody defending champions 3-0 in the Mapinduzi Cup run in Zanzibar, 1-0 in the league’s first round and 2-0 in a recent friendly match.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
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