AN impressive second half performance from pace-setters Yanga saw them restore a five-point lead at the Premier League summit with a 3-1 win over Prisons at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.
Mbuyu Twite and Jerryson Tegete scored two second half goals to guarantee Yanga all three points, after Elias Maguri had cancelled out Tegete's opener in the opening half.
The result provided a perfect response for Earnest Brandts especially after title rivals Simba and Azam had both won their games, beating African Lyon and Kagera Sugar respectively with the same margin on Saturday.
Now after 14 rounds, Yanga have managed 32 points and stay five points of second-placed Azam FC, and a massive six above their archrivals Simba.Undoubtedly buoyed by their two-week training in Turkey and back to back friendly win against South African top-tier side, Black Leopard, Yanga began brightly and went close in the opening minutes, forcing a futile corner.
The hosts maintained their dominance in the early exchanges and went close to registering an opener after seven minutes only for their Burundian striker Didier Kavumbagu to miss a sitter, when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
And it didn't take long before in-form Tetege' scintillating form continued with a well-taken goal after 10 minutes, finishing off clinically well measured cross by Simon Msuva.Prisons fought their way back into the game when Elias Maguri drew the parity barely seven minutes later.
The game turned out to be a thrilling affair as it swung from one end to another, with both sides fashioning out some half chances but neither could alter the score-line.Msuva looked the most dangerous player on the pitch in the opening half for the host team, and twice came close to scoring only to be thwarted by Prisons goalkeeper Daudi Abdallah.
Yanga were increasingly dominating possession as the first half wore on but did look susceptible on the break, as Sino Augustino and co. stretched Yanga experienced back-line on more than one occasion.
Still, the league leaders really should have gone ahead just before the break when the effervescent Msuva whipped a wonderful ball into the area. However both Tegete and Kavumbagu failed to utilize the chance.
But it was Prisons who could have headed for the breather on top had it not been for Maguri's poor finishing. The Prisons' attacker missed from few yards with only goalkeeper Ali Mustafa to beat.
Yanga started the second half strongly and Lugano Mwagama cleared the danger for an abortive corner, Prisons responded with Agostino denied by Twite's timely block.
Twite restored Yanga's lead in the 58th minute following a corner kick taken by Haruna Niyonzima. A poor clearance from Prisons keeper Abdallah went straight to the Rwandan defender-cum-midfielder who fired home the second.
Tegete put the result beyond doubt after notching the third goal for his side and his second of the day following a quick counter attack by Earnie Brandts side.Prisons seemingly ran out of steam after conceding the third goal and Yanga comfortably kicked the ball around, with its looking to exploit openings to add to their tally but, in several occasions, denied by excellent goalkeeping by Abdallah.
Yanga suffered a blow prior to the kick-off when midfielder Frank Domayo was ruled out of the game after falling ill. He was replaced in the starting line-up by fit-again Nurdin Bakari.Young Africans: Ally Mustapha, Mbuyu Twite, Oscar Joshua, Nadir Haroub Cannavaro, Kelvin Yondani, Athuman Idd, Simon Msuva, Nurdin Bakari, Didier Kavumbagu, Jerry Tegete, Haruna Niyonzima.
Prisons: David Abdallah, Aziz Sibo, Henry Mwalugala, Lugano Mwangama, Jumanne Elfadhil, Nurdin Issa, Sino Augustino, Fred Chudu, Elias Maguri, Misango Magai, Jeremiah Juma.