Holders Yanga held their nerves to salvage three points in the Mainland soccer premiership match against African Lyon courtesy of Kigi Makasi’s goal at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Resilient Yanga fielded an unusual line-up with skipper Shadrack Nsajigwa marshalling the midfielder role instead of his conventional defensive duties.
Makasi who has been on the long lay off was on target two minutes before the half time mark when his power-packed shot bounced on defender Hamis Yusuf before ricocheting into the net past goalkeeper Abdul Seif.
The goal lasted to the final whistle as Lyon failed to capitalize on Yanga defensive misfiring.
Lyon would have capitalised on Yanga’s disorganised defence but poor finishing cost them all the three points at the end.
The victory has lofted Yanga to hit a 40-point mark and build up their title retention bid despite fielding an unusual line-up.
The holders missed services of six of their first choice players following last Saturday’s riots that culminated into suspensions of five players.
Yanga who have a game in hand, still are third-placed in the standings table as Simba are maintaining a four-point gap over them.
Lyon have lost their opportunity to win the premiership title as they have a poor ceiling of 39 points should they win all the seven matches remaining on the fixture.
Lyon have joined five other teams of
relegation-haunted Toto Africa and Police Dodoma who have an arduous task of premiership survival as their top priority.
Three other teams ruled out of the premiership title are Villa Squad, Moro United and Kagera Sugar.
Said Kasarama, Bakari Mbegu, Godfrey Taita, Oscar Joshua, Chacha Marwa, Isaac Ibrahim, Shamte Ali, Shadrack Nsajigwa, Kenneth Assamoah, Davies Mwape/Pius Kisambale, Kigi Makasi/Idrisa Senga.
Abdul Seif, Hamis Yusuf, Aman Kiata/ Mohamed Samata, Razak Khafan, Salam Obina, Hamis Thabit, Sunday Bakari, Hood Mayanja/Sino Augustino, Benedicto Jacob, Justin Anene, Ahmed Manzi/Semi Kessi.
Referee: Oden Mbaga