Yanga thrash Azam to lift Fed Cup

26May 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Yanga thrash Azam to lift Fed Cup

MAINLAND soccer champions Young Africans handed city rivals Azam FC a 3-1 comprehensive rout to lift the inaugural Federation Cup silverware in a tension-packed match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The much awaited match saw the ice-cream makers trail barely nine minutes after the kickoff as Yanga’s talismanic striker Amisi Tambwe stamped his authority to beat goalkeeper Aishi Manula.

Azam without their English coach Stewart John Hall who stepped down at the end of the just ended premiership season, laboured for the rest of the first half searching for an elusive equaliser.

Yanga dictated terms with crisp and intricate passes much to the satisfaction of their fans who cheered nosily during the encounter.

The Mainland champions progressed into the dressing rooms with a comfortable lone goal advantage as Azam were left contemplating on how best to stage a fightback.

Resurgence became a pure nightmare as the second half kicked off when Tambwe again made his presence felt during the match as he successfully prowled in Azam goal to notch his brace of the day, two minutes after resumption.

The game turned out to be a high tide for the ice-cream makers with interim coach Dennis Kitambi completely perplexed to take control of brilliant, well organised and versatile Yanga strikers.

The entire Azam midfielders collapsed as Yanga’s Zimbabwean playmaker Thaban Kamusoko prevailing with high-precision pin-point passes.

Azam striker Didier Kavumbagu who previously featured for Yanga before joining the ice-cream makers under Cameroon coach Joseph Omog, sent message to his team seeking contract renewal when he reduced the margin barely a minute after Tambwe’s secnd strike.

Azam regained a potential lifeline as they tried to push for the potential equaliser to return back into the game but in vain.

Kamusoko, with extensive composure, worked hard and torn apart Azam resistance in the remaining ten minutes when he combined well with teammates to set up a third goal for young striker Deus Kaseke, nine mantes to regulation time.

A close range shot by Kaseke left Azam keeper Aishi Manula flatfooted as team crumbled with no solution in sight.

Yanga then introduced their skipper Nadir Haroub barely five minutes to time to replace Vincent Bousou in preparation for the silverware haul celebrations.

Yanag who cruised into the final after controversially defeating Coastal Union in a match that sparkled complaints at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga, collected a 50m/- cheque to add ice on the already secured Mainland title.
Azam edged Mwadui on penalties to cruise into yesterday’s final.

The winner of the Federation Cup is entitled to represent Mainland Tanzania in the Confederation of Africa Football’s Confederation Cup.

However, Yanga having won the Mainland title, then automatically Azam have secured the CAF representation next year. Yanga will feature in the CAF Champions League.

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