Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Young Africans Sports Club (Yanga) maintained their lead at the top of the NBC Premier League table after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Mashujaa FC on Thursday at the Azam Complex Chamazi.
The Jangwani giants opened the scoring through Maxi Nzengeli in the 44th minute, but Mashujaa equalized in the 55th minute through Emanuel Mtumbuka. However, Yanga responded quickly and grabbed the winner in the 85th minute courtesy of Mudathir Yahya.
The victory sees Yanga extend their lead at the top of the table to six points, with 37 points from 15 games. Azam FC are in second place with 31 points, followed by Simba SC with 29 points.
Key Moments in the Match
- Yanga started the match brightly and created several chances, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
- The deadlock was finally broken in the 45th minute when Mayele scored his 10th goal of the season.
- Mashujaa came out stronger in the second half and equalized in the 65th minute through Mtumbuka.
- Yanga responded quickly and grabbed the winner in the 86th minute through Yahya.
What Next for Yanga and Mashujaa?
Yanga will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they face Geita Gold FC on February 12. Mashujaa, on the other hand, will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat when they take on Mtibwa Sugar on the same day.
Dabi ya Mzizima on the Horizon
The attention will now turn to the much-anticipated Dabi ya Mzizima between Simba and Azam FC on Friday at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza. The match is expected to be a close affair, with both teams looking to close the gap on Yanga at the top of the table.