Holders Young Africans rectified their woeful start in the ongoing Kagame Cup tourney after breezing past weak Wau Salaam from South Sudan pumping galore 7-1 goals at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Wau Salaam which conceded seven goals during their opening game against APR of Rwanda did not show any improvement as they kicked off yesterday’s match.
The Sudanese team trailed by six goals at the end of the first half with Yanga’s Ugandan striker Hamis Kiiza bagging his hat-trick early on.
Said Bahanuzi headed home Haruna Niyonzima’s high flying cross after twelve minutes for Yanga to take an early lead.
Bahanuzi was on target again after 17 minutes before Hamis Kiiza scored the third two minutes later. Kiiza scored the fourth after 25 minutes as Yanga celebrated the goal feast early on.
Defender Stephano Mwasika scored his team’s fifth goal five minutes later as Yanga fans continued to enjoy goal feast on the stands.
Kiiza completed his that-trick sin the match’s most spectacular goal after 36 minutes to beat Wau Salaam goalkeeper Nazir Rahim easily.
On resumption the visitors transformed their defence as goalkeeper made several daring saves to deny Yanga additional goals. Yanga’s new sign up Nizar Khalfan squandered several scoring opportunities and eventually scored the seventh goal fifteen minutes to time.
Wau Salaam players organised their playing pattern well as time was running out and successfully scored a consolation goal through Hamis Ulama deep into stoppage time to spoil Yanga’s seemingly clean sheet for their Ghanaian goalkeeper Yaw Berko.
The victory has kept the holders on track towards title retention bid as they face APR in their final group stage game on Friday.
The result has restored harmony at the clubhouse with new leadership panel on board.
Yanga have been assured of three places in their group to make quarterfinal progression.
The final group stage matches on Friday will be for classification of the last eight pairings.
Burndi’s Atletico Olympique and Rwanda’s APR have all attained four points, one above holders Yanga while the South Sudan team is at the base of the group C standings.