TANGA'S Coastal Union began their Under-20 Premier League, Uhai Cup, with a 2-1 win over Prisons in Group A match played at the Karume Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Ramadhan Same opened the scoring for the victors in the 24th minute before Yusuf Chuma added the second after 33 minutes to give Coastal Union a 2-0 lead at the breather. Prisons pulled one back with a minute to play but it only proved a consolation.
The Mbeya-based outfit will be looking to bounce back when they make swift return to action with a duel against JKT Ruvu at Chamazi Stadium on Wednesday. Coastal Union, on the other hand, will be trying to maintain their perfect start to the championship, when they line-up against Toto Africans in an early kick-off at the Chamazi Stadium.
There will be two more games, with title holders Simba and African Lyon facing off in much-anticipated group B encounter to be played at the Karume Memorial Stadium, while Azam will trade with Polisi Morogoro. The 2010 winners Ruvu Shooting will launch their campaign against Young Africans at Chamazi on Thursday evening.
Elsewhere, Kagera Sugar will take on Oljoro JKT at the Karume Stadium. Uhai Cup, which involves Premier League second strings, has been organized by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and is sponsored by sponsored by Said Salim Bakhressa.
Simba's Under-20 side are the defending champions following a FC 6-5 post match penalty shootout win over Azam in last year's final played at the Karume Memorial Stadium.