Stand United shock holders Yanga

26Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Stand United shock holders Yanga

YOUNG Africans unbeaten 18 premiership matches came to a shuddering halt when hosts Stand United handed them first defeat of the season at the Kambarage Stadium in Shinyanga yesterday, winning by a lone goal.

PATRICK LIEWIGI

It was Pastory Anthony’s 58th minute goal that was enough to hand the holders a heartbreaking moment to spoil the their rollercoaster display at domestic front.

Anthony capitalised on goal scramble to slot home the all important goal that gave Stand United fans and members a reason to explode in wild celebrations throughout the night.
Yanga fought gallantly but failed to find the equaliser as Stand United thwarted all onslaughts.

Yanga looked determined to square off but the hosts who are trained by Frenchman Patrick Liewig played superbly to take control of the visitors.

This is the second match for Yanga to drop points out of five they have played as they trail archrivals Simba by six points. Stand United remain uinbeaten in six appearances and leapfrog both Yanga and Azam to the second spot in the premiership standings with 12 points.

The defeat has to a huge extent spoiled Yanga’s psychological feeling ahead of Saturday’s derby against rivals Simba, who are perched at the top of the standings table, opening a four-point gap.

The last time Yanga lost a premiership match was at the hands of Tanga’s Coastal Union who have been relegated to the First Division. Unlike in the match against Coastal Union who won by two goals, Stand United scored one.

Yanga’s defeat to Stand United is the second upset of the season within twenty four hours after unheralded side Ndanda of Mtwara shocked ice-cream makers, Azam by 2-1 goals at the Nangwanda Stadium on Saturday. It was Ndanda that also held Yanga to a barren draw a fortnight ago.