BURUNDIAN striker Didier Kavumbagu and his Ugandan counterpart, Hamisi Kiiza, struck in either half as Mainland Premier League giants, Yanga, cruised to a 2-0 victory over Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga on Sunday.
Yanga, who are currently at the top of the league standing, have now registered 29 points following the win and have consequently widened their gap with archrivals and the previous pace setters, Simba, to six points. Simba, who went down 1-0 to Mwanza's Toto African at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam a day before, are still in the third position with 23 points.
Azam FC, despite losing 2-1 to the league debutants, JKT Mgambo, at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga on Saturday, have maintained their presence in the second position with 24 points.
The Sunday match, which was attended by scores of fans from in and outside Tanga, saw both sides press relentlessly for goals right after the kick-off and that made the goal keepers at either end quite busy as they attempted to thwart danger.
Coastal threatened on the ninth minute when striker, Atupele Green, was set up inside the area but could only attempt a weak shot that was easily saved by Yanga keeper, Ali Mustafa. Yanga then went close on the 17th minute when Kavumbagu positioned himself well close to Coastal goal and collected a well measured pass from a team mate but the Burundian's attempt went wide.
Coastal had seemingly begun losing steam after the first 20 minutes and let their opponents dominate almost all departments and launched several attacks. After a couple of dangerous attempts, Kavumbagu scored the opener for Yanga on the 28th minute after capitalizing on a goal mouth melee.
It all started when Yanga winger, David Luhende, unleashed a powerful drive that Coastal keeper, Juma Mpongo, parried and Yanga's Kiiza pounced on the rebound and cracked another shot that was connected home by Kavumbagu. The hosts then bounced back during the closing stages of the half and put Yanga's goal under pressure with a series of forays, which were however fruitless.
In one of the Coastal attempts, Yanga keeper, Mustafa, was forced to parry away a fierce shot from one of Coastal strikers for an abortive corner kick. Yanga, eventually, led by the lone goal at half time. On resumption, both teams again attacked in turns but lacked the finishing touch.
Yanga then had an upper hand in terms of possession and pressed forward now and then in search of more goals, only to be denied by the Coastal defence. Yanga's pressure paid off on the 61st minute, when Kiiza headed in the second goal to complete a clever back heel flick by Kavumbagu inside the area.
A long throw in by Yanga's Rwandan defender, Mbuyu Twite, found Kavumbagu in a good position and the towering striker flicked the ball to Kiiza, who made no mistake with the header. Coastal's substitute, Athuman Tamim, who had replaced centre back, Jamal Machelenga, attempted to clear the danger but could only push the ball further into the net.
Coastal's technical bench also did two more substitutions, in which midfielder, Razak Khalfan, and striker, Green, were rested for Lameck Mbonde and Khamis Shengo. Yanga also attempted to bolster their attack by resting Kavumbagu for Said Bahanuzi. Line ups:
Juma Mpongo, Ismail Khamis, Juma Jabu, Mbwana Khamis, Jamal Machelenga/Athuman Tamim, Jerry Santo, Mohamed Athuman, Razak Khalfan, Daniel Lyanga, Atupele Green, Selemani Kassim.
Ali Mustafa, Mbuyu Twite, Oscar Joshua, Nadir Haroub, Kelvin Yondani, Nurdin Bakari, Haruna Niyonzima, Frank Dumayo, Didier Kavumbagu, Hamis Kiiza, David Luhende.