AZAM FC beat hosts Mtibwa Sugar by one goal in a premier soccer league match played at the Manungu Stadium in Morogoro yesterday.
Yanga midfielder Haruna Niyonzima wrapped up business with three minutes to time as holders beat visiting Mwadui by 2-1 goals the hard way at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
In Morogoro, it was John Bocco’s decisive penalty midway into second half that lifted the spirits of the ice-cream makers who have attained 55 points after 24 appearances.
It was a tough match for either side as players were troubled with a highly soaked venue as a result of downpour earlier in the day.
The match was a left over as Azam were involved in CAF Confederation Cup fixtures. The evenly-contested encounter was highly attended by spectators who braved the rain throughout the match.
At times Azam goalkeeper came to the rescue of his team following sporadic attacks launched by the visitors.
Azam have won their first league match after drawing two of their previous games at the hands of Ndanda and Toto Africa.
The two draws severely dented Azam’s title bid as they are now trailing by two points behind leaders Simba who have attained 57 points after featuring in the same number of games.
The match in Morogoro had an early kickoff as Yanga and visiting Mwadui battled at the National Stadium half an hour later. By the time Azam-Mtibwa match ended, Yanga and Mwadui were still battling with score board reading 1-1.
Yanga had scored their opener through Simon Msuiva as early as the third minute after the kick off. Kelvin Sabati pulled an equaliser ten minutes later to make the game all to pay for.
However, Mwadui had to play the remaining twenty minutes with ten men on the field following a second yellow conceded by Idd Mobby who had earlier picked up the first yellow card.
The numerical disadvantage worked right in favour of the title holders as Haruna Niyonzima who was left unmarked inside the box wound the business with a rasping shot past goalkeeper Shaaban Kado for the winning goal.
Yanga have now attained 57 points to lead the premiership standings on goal difference against archrivals Simba.