Azam FC clobbers Yanga

29May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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The Guardian
Azam FC clobbers Yanga

AZAM FC has ended this season’s Mainland Premier League impressively after cruising to a 2-0 win over Yanga at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Azam FC midfielder, Iddi Kipagwile (L), attempts to get the better of Yanga midfielder, Kamusoko, in a recent Mainland Premier League duel, which took place in Dar es Salaam.

Center back Daniel Amoah put Azam FC 1-0 up on the 43rd minute, making the most of a goalmouth melee. They led by the lone goal at the end of the period.

 

Midfielder Mudathir Yahya made it 2-0 for Azam FC on the 50th minute, dribbling past two of the opponents’ defenders and slotting in from within the box.

Yanga goalkeeper Ramadhan Kabwili made a crucial save on the 61st minute, frustrating Azam striker Donald Ngoma that had been released within the area.

Keeper Razak Abalora had to parry away an in swinging cross from the left side on the 70th minute to foil an attempt by Yanga to reduce the deficit.

Yanga had earlier wasted a good opportunity as forward Amissi Tambwe whipped in a cross, only to see fellow striker fail to get on the end of the assist and left Azam defenders easily frustrate the move.

The Azam keeper again made a good save on the 76th minute, punching Yanga defender Mwinyi Haji’s low cross from the left side. Whipped

Tambwe shot over from within the box two minutes later, wasting a good assist by Kelvin Yondani. 

The striker then executed a weak left foot shot from close range that hardly troubled Abalora.

Yanga central defender Abdallah Haji went for a timely challenge to frustrate Azam forward Aubrey Chirwa that had raced into the former’s box six min from the final whistle.

Azam defenders stood firm to foil their opponents’ attacks during the closing stages of the match, as the latter sought to end the match with respectable results.

It in the end became a sweet revenge for Azam given the squad suffered 1-0 defeat to Yanga in the league’s opening phase game, which took place at the Uhuru Stadium in the city.

Champions Simba settled for a 0-0 draw with Mtibwa Sugar at the latter’s venue Jamhuri  in Morogoro the same day.

It was an end to end affair in both periods, in which the squads launched several attacks but were let down by poor finishing.

The rest of the league's matches took place across the country the same day, with six clubs fighting to maintain their place in the next season's league.

 

Stand United have joined bottom-placed African Lyon of Dar es Salaam to demotion to Firs Division League (FDL), given the former lost 2-0 to Dar es Salaam's JKT Tanzania in the city.

The loss saw the Shinyanga squad end in the 19th position, which leaves them facing automatic relegation to the second tier. Kagera Sugar and Mwadui FC will play in the play-offs with FDL clubs, Geita Gold FC and Pamba, who excelled in the other play offs that involved other clubs in the competition.

Mbeya's Prisons, Alliance FC, JKT Tanzania, Mbao FC, Ruvu Shooting, Singida United and Biashara United have escaped relegation as they, with the exception of Mbao FC who drew 1-1 with Kagera Sugar, won their respective last duels in the day.