Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

24 January 2013

Tanzania: Yanga Choke Black Leopards

KAGAME Cup champions Yanga underlined their superiority against South Africa's top-tier-side Black Leopards, beating them 2-1 in a second friendly match at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Wednesday.

After threatening in a couple of occasions, Yanga notched the opener through striker, Said Bahanuzi after just three minutes. Bahanuzi pounced on a rebound after keeper Posnet Omonyi spilled off Congolese midfielder Kabange Twite's initial shot.

The visitors pulled level ten minutes later through David Zulu whose 30 metres screamer beat keeper Ally Mustapha.From then on the game swung from one end to the other, with Yanga looking the more likely side to score the second and even more but they wasted a hosts of chances.

After the break Yanga came stronger and went close in the 48th minute when in form striker Jerryson Tegete missed a sitter. He dribbled past defenders and made his way into the six metres inside the area but failed to beat keeper Omonyi.

Burundian striker Didier Kavumbangu then forced himself into the penalty area and was bundled down by defender Alex Mahagi to give Yanga the penalty. Tegete stepped up to send the keeper a wrong way.

It was a second consecutive victory for Yanga against the visiting South African team. In the first friendly encounter, Yanga won 3-2 with in-form striker Jerryson Tegete scoring a brace, while holding midfielder Frank Domayo scored his first goal since joining the Jangwani Street team this season. Black Leopards goals were scored by Humphrey Khoza and Rodney Romagalela.

Yanga returned to Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, ready for their opening second round match of the Mainland Premier League against Prisons of Mbeya at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Yanga are on the driver's seat on 29 points, five ahead of second placed Azam FC and six above their rivals Simba, who are placed third.

Black Leopards under caretaker coach Abel Makhubela are in the country for a week's training camp, where they will also face Mainland champions Simba today. Lidoda Duvha are preparing for the second half of the South Africa's PSL season.

Simba who arrived from their two-week camp in Muscat, Oman will be all out to test their claws against the Black Leopards at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

It is expected to be a thrilling match as Simba will be parading its re-organized starting line up, just a week after trading their ace striker, Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi to Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel for a Tanzania record fee of $300,000 (about 480m/-).

The 21-year-old Ugandan striker who joined the Tanzanian giants Simba in 2010 from Ugandan side SC Villa, is now earning a reportedly $15,000 per month.

Many would be keen to see how Simba will cope with the loss of their key striker. French coach, Patrick Liewig feels the partnership of Zambian striker Felix Sunzu and attacking midfielder Haruna Moshi 'Boban' will deliver for his team.

Simba had pitched a camp in Muscat to shape up for the second round of the top flight league which resumes this weekend. Simba played three friendly matches in Oman in which they won one and lost two.

The Msimbazi Reds open their title hunt campaign in the second round of the league with a date against African Lyon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Other league matches of the day will also see Mtibwa Sugar taking on Polisi Morogoro, Coastal Union of Tanga confronting Mgambo JKT at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga, while Ruvu Shooting will have a date with their brothers JKT Ruvu at the Mabatini grounds in Mlandizi.

Second placed Azam FC will play host to Kagera Sugar at the Chamazi Stadium, while Arusha's JKT Oljoro will confront Toto Africans of Mwanza at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Kaluta Stadium in Arusha.

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