Despite Yanga taking an early lead coupled with captain Janvier Bokungu’s dismissal on 54 minutes, Simba plotted a wonderful comeback to rescue three points and revive their title aspirations.
Despite Yanga’s dominance in the first half, Simba fought back in the last 30 minutes to win the game. Burundian Laudit Mavugo headed home the equalizer in the 66th minute from a Kichuya cross before the latter netted the winner 14 minutes later from a long range shot.
Simba coach, Joseph Omog’s early substitution by introducing Said Ndemla for Juma Liuzio after only 26 minutes of play did the trick for them. Ndemla brought some energy in the Simba backline that struggled for stability.
Even though Yanga dominated the game in the first half, they faced a huge blow a minute before the break when midfielder Thaban Kamusoko sustained injury and had to be replaced.
The victory now widens a gap between the rivals to five points with Simba at the top of the table with 54 points. The league has just seven games to go.
Jackson Mayanja (Assistant Coach, Simba)
We are happy now that we managed to revive our title hopes. Yanga were too good in the first half, managed to score and dominated. We are happy that we managed to come back and win. My players showed good fitness level which helped them to play well despite being a man down. Our striking force was also well composed. We are looking forward to winning the remaining games to be able to win the league. It is not too easy we have depth in our squad to win the league.
Juma Mwambusi (Assistant Coach, Yanga)
The game was on our side, we could have won it early. Unfortunately some players were not in good form and did not play with caution. The Simba midfield was good, they managed to hold us and left no room for us to build our attacks. Thaban Kamusoko’s injury disturbed our plan too as we lost control of the midfield and it created space for our opponents to attack.