An impressive second half performance by Azam saw them cancel out Yanga’s two-goal first half lead and force the game into penalties, where they triumphed and deny the latter a fourth win on the trot in the one-off match which heralds the new season.
Ngoma opened the scores from a spot kick on 20 minutes before Burundian Amissi Tambwe drew added the second four minutes later,
During penalties, Azam shit stopper, Aishi Manula emerged hero after denying Hassan Kessy whilst Haruna Niyonzima shot at the crossbar. On the otherhand, John Bocco, Himid Mao, Bruce Kangwa and Kipre Bolou converted for the Ice Cream makers with goalkeeper Deogracias Munishi the lone scorer for Yanga.
Meanwhile the Tanzania Premier League is expected to kick off at the weekend across the country.
Zeben Hernandez (Head Coach, Azam)
“We were outplayed in the first half; struggled but conceding two goals were too much for my boys. I am happy that we did well in the second half. Each player fought for the club to secure its first glory under my tenure, but I can mention Shomary Kapombe among the outstanding players on the pitch. I changed him to two different positions and he did well, and scoring the first goal was awesome for us.
Hans Van der Pluijm (Head Coach, Young Africans)
We were not supposed to go to penalties. We had won the game in the first half and what we needed was remain focus and defend what we had. I am sad that my players could not do that. I do not know why we also missed a chance to win it through the spot kicks. I bet it’s the pressure or alike but we have no way than to look forward.