Burundian Amissi Tambwe scored the opener for Yanga in the 26th minute converting Mbuyu Twite’s long pass before Shiza Kichuya equalized for Simba four minutes before the lapse of the time.
The game almost generated into chaos following a protest by Simba players over Tambwe’s opener, alleging that the latter handled the ball before firing home. The result of the near chaos was Simba captain Jonas Mkude being sent off on 29 minutes.
The game was halted for five minutes forcing Simba coach Joseph Omog to appeal to the fans to remain calm and exercise restrain for the remainder of the epic encounter.
Tambwe opened the scores from a Twite assist, making his way past two Simba defenders Method Mwanjali and Novatus Lufunga before firing his side into the lead.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Simba was the better side possession-wise leading to two attempts in the final quarter of the first half, only for Yanga goalie, Ali Mustapha, to deny them.
Simba resumed on the same tempo but had to wait till four minutes to realize the much sought equalizer, courtesy Kichuya.
Hans Van der Pluijm (Head Coach, Young Africans)
Unfortunately, we did not utitlise our chances to win the game. We had the numerical advantage but our rivals were the better team on the pitch. They possessed the ball well and attacked until they get what they wanted. It is ill-starred that we continue to play long balls and with high tempo which did not help us. We are looking forward to other games.
Jackson Mayanja (Assistant Coach, Simba)
We are happy that despite being a man down, we played well and got one point. It was a tough game. Some players were anxious but it is a good thing that we didn’t lose the game. I can’t say anything about the red card but I am happy that despite the red card, we managed to get a point.