Tanga's Coastal Union have made a huge leap in the ongoing Mainland premier football league following their weekend 3-1 demolition of debutants Mgambo JKT at the Mkwakwani Stadium.
The victory has taken them to the fourth spot in the standings table with 25 points to claim status as one of hot league contenders for the title.
The team is two points adrift of second and third placed Simba and Azam FC respectively.
Coastal have a huge gap to fill to catch up with pace makers Young Africans (Yanga) who had 29 points ahead of their match against Tanzania Prisons played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The Tanga side has actually exerted pressure on other hot contenders including holders Simba and Azam FC who are chasing Yanga.
Coastal Union host Tanzania Prisons at their Mkwakwani base on February 3 with a possible three-point haul if their performance in the first half of the season is anything to go by.
Other stunning results as the premiership resumed over the weekend include a 1-0 victory by bottom placed Police Morogoro over stalwarts Mtibwa Sugar.
Though the cops from Morogoro are still at the base of the standings table, the win is a morale booster in their strong quest to disengage from the relegation tunnel.
It was their maiden league victory since gaining promotion into the top flight berth.
Other relegation candidates, African Lyon and Toto Africa, continued to flop after losing their premiership games over the weekend.
Otherwise, the battle to dislodge Yanga at the summit of the standings table is still on for holders Simba and Azam FC who pray for the leaders to drop points.
The performance of JKT Ruvu, which used to be giant killer since gaining promotion into the premiership, has continued to be poor.
The team lost to Ruvu shooting to remain with just two points away from the relegation borderline giving hope African Lyon and Toto Africa to step up their next games.