Yanga complete clean sweep of trophies with Azam Sports Federation Cup

04Jul 2022
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Yanga complete clean sweep of trophies with Azam Sports Federation Cup

​​​​​​​YOUNG Africans SC, alias Yanga, has completed a clean sweep of Tanzania's soccer competitions trophies this season after defeating Coastal Union in the Azam Sports Federation Cup final in Arusha on Saturday.

Yanga's midfielder, Salum Abubakar (R), negotiates his way past his Coastal Union counterpart Vincent Abubakar when the squads faced off in the 2021/22 Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final in Arusha on Saturday. Yanga won 4-1 on penalties to lift the trophy. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

In all honesty, not many would have backed Coastal Union to stop Yanga even though this tournament is known for its upsets which have seen modest outfits beat the big guns in the climax.

However, Coastal Union's head coach Juma Mgunda had confidently said his boys would go out to Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium and give their all.

Coastal Union did just that as both teams delivered an entertaining match, with no team sitting back and hoping to score on a counter.

The game was level at 2-2 after regulation times thanks to goals netted by Heritier Makambo and Feisal Salum for Yanga and Abdul Suleiman ‘Sopu’  who scored a brace for Coastal Union.

Sopu completed his perfect hat trick which included a left foot, right foot, and header in the first extra time.

In a never say die attitude, winger Dennis Nkane equalized for Yanga in the second extra time quarter to make it a thrilling six-goal final.

The youngster who signed for Yanga from Biashara United did not get as much game time as he may have wanted in his half-season as a Yanga player but has now scored back-to-back goals.

The feat includes the equalizer that will be remembered as the pivotal moment that turned the tie, pushing the game into post extra time shootout.

Yanga eventually triumphed in the post-extra time shootout. The victory saw the Green and Yellow outfit complete a clean sweep of trophies in domestic football this season and win a treble.

They wrapped up their league campaign last with a 1-0 home victory over Mtibwa Sugar to finish unbeaten in their 28th Premier League title.

They had begun the campaign by defeating age-old rivals Simba SC 1-0 to lift the Community Shield.

It is undoubtedly one of the greatest seasons in Yanga history and head coach Nasreddine Nabi will now set his sights on a period of sustained dominance.

For now, the team will bask in being the best in Tanzania, and their fans will celebrate a stellar season for years to come.

Next season, Yanga and Simba SC will represent Tanzania in the CAF Champions League, and Azam FC and Geita Gold FC go into the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.

Yanga also popularly known as 'Citizens' will start the next campaign as favourites to defend their three pieces of silverware, but it will no doubt be the CAF Champions League's Group Stage qualification that will be firmly on their radar.

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