YOUNG Africans striker Aubrey Chirwa , battles for the ball with Mbeya City defender, Sankani Mkandawile, during their Mainland Premier League encounter at the Uhuru stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Yanga won 5-0. (Photo by Idd Mwema)
AUBREY Chirwa scored a hat-trick and Emmanuel Martin netted a brace as Young Africans produced their best performance of the season to claim 5-0 over Mbeya City at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Chirwa and Martin scored a goal each in the first half, before the Zambian netted twice in the second half, as the latter scored once. The otherwise, predicted tough Mainland Premier League encounter became a relatively pushover for Yanga, as Mbeya City fell short away from home.
Yanga secured crucial win which moves them to within two-point of league leaders Simba SC, who sit top on 22 points, same as Azam FC, who snatched a hard fought 1-0 win away at Njombe Mji yesterday but Simba are ahead on goal difference advantage.
Yanga's battling spirit, as well as their quality in the final third, proved too much for Mbeya City. The home side was more determined and hungry for the full 90 minutes.
After conceding a calamitous goal against Simba, with Shiza Kichuya left clear two weeks ago, Mbeya City never looked like improving on that dismal sequence in defence at the Uhuru Stadium.
It was a slow start, though, Yanga began to carve the type of openings that eventually put Mbeya City to the sword.
Yanga were always on the front foot trying to kill the game as early as possible against unpredictable Mbeya City, who were seeking to avoid another back to back defeat in the league. Porous defence was a big let down for Mbeya City as they conceded the first two goals in space of three minutes.
After series of knocks on City defence, finally the floodgates were opened in 19th minute, when Chirwa blasted home.
The goal was a disgrace as defender Sankani Mkandawire, went for the body instead of clearing the ball, giving Emmanuel Martin chance to snatch the ball and set Chirwa clear and the Zambian sniper could not let the chance pass by.
Three minutes later, the Jangwani lads increased the tally and this time around, the scorer was Martin, who perfectly raced to a Raphael Daudi's defence splitting pass to easily beat the goalkeeper Fikirini Bakari.
Mbeya City were playing open football, allowing Yanga to attack them with ease. Former Yanga playmaker Mrisho Ngasa had his own moment for the visitors into the game as he succeeded to trouble George Lwandamina's back line in the 29th minute but failed to make the most from a chance.
Aside from that chance, when he shot straight at goalkeeper Youthe Rostand after a defensive mistake by veteran Nadir Haroub, Ngassa was barely involved.
After half an hour mark, Martin thought he had netted the third for Yanga but referee Othman Lazi, from Morogoro ruled it out adjudging him to have roughed up a defender before scoring.
It all started from impressive midfielder, Pius Buswita, who had to score early on after cutting through defenders before attempting to round off the keeper but the ball skidded off his close control and landed on Martin's path.
At restart, Lwandamina's charges continued from where they had stopped. To make life miserable for the green city giants, Yanga were awarded a penalty in 49th minute which was easily converted by Chirwa. The spot kick was awarded to Yanga after goal bound Daud was bundled down by keeper.
Ibrahim Ajib's defence splitting pass once again found Mbeya City defence wanting, as they played flat, allowing Daud to race clear and rounded off the keeper, who clipped his right foot.
Three became four after an hour mark, when Chirwa netted his first hat-trick, cleverly latching onto a skilful pass from Ajib, to chip past the advancing keeper for his sixth goal of the season. Again, same mistakes from City defenders, who stayed flat as Ajib released a lob to the scorer.
Immediately after the goal, Ajib was substituted and Geoffrey Mwashiuya replaced him. Chirwa became second player to score hat trick this season.
Emmanuel Okwi of Simba scored four times in a 7-0 win over Ruvu Shooting in the opening league match of the season. City's Ngasa was withdrawn in 68th minute for Victor Hangaya but his presence had no impact at all during the seemingly one-sided game.
Martin sealed off the deal with another splendid 80th minute strike with the vital final pass from left wing back, Gadiel Michael, enabling the champions to record their highest score tally this season.
At the Manungu ground in Turiani, Morogoro, Kagera Sugar beat Mtibwa Sugar 1-0 with Edward Christopher, scoring a solitary goal from a spot kick.
Aggrey Morris's goal gave Azam FC a 1-0 win over host Njombe Mji at the Sabasaba ground in Makambako to tie on 22 point with leaders Simba but they are separated on goal difference.