YOUNG Africans' resurgence continued apace as the Jangwani Street-based outfit overcame a brief scare to beat African Lyon 3-1 in an exciting Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
After opening the new Premier League season with a draw and defeat, Yanga have now won two matches on the spin to muscle their way into fifth place, with seven points. A brace from substitute Nizar Khalfan and Nadir Haroub secured all the points for Yanga, as African Lyon, who scored a consolation goal through Benedicto Jacob, remained fourth bottom having collected three points from four games.
After wasting a couple of close chances, Yanga registered the opener on the 12th minute through centre back, Haroub, who controlled a high pass from winger, Simon Msuva, just outside the area and easily beat African Lyon keeper, Juma Seif, with a low shot inside the far post.
Yanga threatened again moments later when Msuva, who had been the busiest player, combined with Ugandan striker, Hamis Kiiza, down the left before the latter floated in a good cross which, however, went begging.Yanga launched several attacks but poor finishing let down the Kagame Cup Champions.
Lyon occasionally attempted to push forward but tight marking by Yanga's defence, well marshalled by Haroub and Kelvin Yondani, shut the former out.Yanga pressed again shortly before half time but the team's Burundian striker Didier Kavumbagu, dilly dallied with the ball almost 25 metres out and could not make any meaningful move as the whistle went off. Yanga led by the lone goal at the breather.
The winners had two good chances just outside Lyon early in the second half but Kavumbagu and Msuva were short of ideas and were dispossessed.Lyon pushed for an equalizer and their efforts paid off when striker Benedicto Jacob, brought the team to level terms on the 63rd minute after connecting a cross from fellow striker from the left.
Lyon's celebrations were short lived as Khalfan restored Yanga's lead a minute later, when he arrived on time in the box and headed in a good cross by Msuva from the right.Kavumbagu could have added the third on the 71st minute when he positioned himself well inside Lyon box but failed to connect a neat cross from Said Bahanunzi on the right.
Msuva, who was a constant menace to the Lyon defence, made a breathtaking run to win the ball from his side's half but then dilly dallied with the ball almost 20 metres out and was dispossessed.Khalfan put the result beyond doubt when he added the third on the 88th minute with an easy finish after Msuva's acrobatic shot ricocheted off the crossbar and back into the box.