Yanga beat Kagera Sugar to boost VPL title retention bid

10May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Yanga beat Kagera Sugar to boost VPL title retention bid

YANGA have inched closer to fulfiling their title retention bid in the Mainland Premier League with a 2-1 win over Kagera Sugar at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Winger Simon Msuva and forward Aubrey Chirwa netted in either half for Yanga to help the side collect 62 and edge Simba from the top position in the league. Simba have also collected 62 points but Yanga boast of a superior goal difference.

Kagera Sugar will have goalkeeper, goalkeeper, Juma Kaseja, to thank for several good saves he made during the closing stages of the game to prevent Yanga from securing a comprehensive win. There were several good opportunities for either side, only to see the striking forces fail to make the most of the opportunities.

The visitors, then, went close on the 35th minute, when striker, Selemani Mangoma, was released a few meters from Yanga's box, only to see the striker attempt a right footer that went inches wide.

The hosts registered the opening goal through Msuva three minutes later, as the winger headed home a well taken corner kick by Geoffrey Mwashiuya. Yanga defense was under pressure on the 41st minute when the side's goalkeeper, Beno Kakolanya, pushed over an effort by Kagera Sugar's striker, Mbaraka Yusuph, from almost 20 meters. Yusuph helped his team level matters during the added on time when he collected a pass by fellow striker, Nassor Ali, and easily beat goalie Kakolanya with a right footer from inside the area.

Ali had pounced on a poor clearance by Yanga central defender, Kelvin Yondani, and the former picked Yusuph with a clever lob. Yanga had a good chance a few minutes into the second half, as Chirwa sped into Kagera Sugar penalty area and released fellow striker, Amissi Tambwe, who, though, failed to drill the ball home. Chirwa restored Yanga's lead on the 52nd minute when he drilled in a well taken cross by midfielder, Haruna Niyonzima.

The hosts then had several more good opportunities as they pushed for a convincing win and the visitors were, consequently, forced to opt for a more careful defensive approach. In one of the opportunities, Kagera Sugar keeper, Kaseja, came to his team's rescue with a good save to keep Msuva at bay at the latter had latched onto a cross by Mwinyi Haji from the left.

Msuva, again, had a good opportunity to put the ball ob the back of Kagera Sugar's net on the 57th minute when he outsped the latter's defenders inside the area, only to see the striker's attempt go off target.

Yanga defenders were forced to react in time to frustrate Kagera Sugar's attempt to pull an equalizer on the 69th minute. Yusuph had been released by Mangoma inside Yanga's area and the latter's central defenders, Nadir Haroub and Yondani, quickly closed Yusuph down.

Kaseja pulled another good save on the 75th minute as he pushed over a powerful header by Tambwe, who had connected a corner kick by Mwashiuya. Simba have an opportunity to regain the top spot as they are expected to entertain Stand United of Shinyanga at the same venue on Friday. The day will also see Dar es Salaam's Azam FC host Toto African of Mwanza at the Azam Complex.

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