JKT Tanzania slowdown Yanga pace

DAR ES SALAAM: YOUNG Africans missed the chance to open a seven-point lead at the top of the Mainland Premier League Table after sharing the spoils with JKT Tanzania yesterday.

Yanga were held to a goalless draw at Major General Isamuhyo ground in Dar es Salaam, the outcome that saw Yanga claim 59th point after 23 outings, keeping sitting at the top spot of the Premier League table, with seven games to go for the season.

It was their second draw of the campaign and are just five points clear at the summit of the log. For JKT Tanzania, they jumped to the 13th place on the table from 15th place, after generating 23 points from 23 matches.

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Initially, the match was set for Tuesday but had to be rescheduled to the following day as the pitch was waterlogged, following heavy downpour in the city.

The hosts did their homework well, as they showed a strong resistance, aiming to deny the visitors maximum points, a mission they succeeded.

Shiza Kichuya and Sixtus Sabilo were always giving Yanga defenders tough moments whenever they attacked, though most of their attempts failed to produce tangible results for their team.

Similarly, they had a concrete defense with former Yanga full-back, David Bryson, executing well his responsibilities to diffuse dangers imposed by the visitors.

As the match was meandering to the end, Yanga striker Joseph Guede saw his strike narrowly failing to cross the goal line, with some of Yanga players protesting to the referee, claiming that it was a goal.

The scoreboard remained the same as the final whistle sounded to break the tense duel. Meanwhile, Yanga President, Hersi Said, revealed that the club has entered a partnership with Air Tanzania that will enable them enjoy discounts on their travels, using the country’s flagship carrier.

The two sides sealed a two-year deal yesterday in the city, with both sides set to benefit from the partnership.

On his part, Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ladislaus Matindi, said the main focus of the contract was to exchange services between the duo, but stopped short to mention its value.

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