Tanzania Yanga SC edge out Ihefu FC to set up Azam FC final

Young Africans (Yanga SC) will face Azam in the final of the CRDB Bank Federation Cup after defeating Ihefu 1-0 at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha.

Stephanie Aziz Ki netted the priceless goal in the 101st minute of extra time after the teams produced a goalless draw in the normal period of play. He received a well-calculated cross from substitute Pacome Zouzoua to beat Ihefu shot-stopper Khomeini Khomein who had an outstanding performance before.

The final of the competition will be held at the newly constructed Tanzanite Stadium in Babati on June 2nd. It will be the first time for Babati to host such a lucrative football match attracting two teams that have quality players in their squads.

However, from the kickoff, both Yanga and Ihefu were impressive in defending and attacking no wonder neither of them managed to make a breakthrough in a normal period of play.

For Yanga, their close scoring opportunity came in the 28th minute when Maxi Nzengeli delivered a sweet cross inside Ihefu’s box but Aziz Ki blasted it off target to the relief of the hosts. In the 43rd minute, Yanga’s full-back Nickson Kibabage was stretched off after picking an injury paving the way for Joyce Lomalisa.

At the stroke of half-time, Joseph Mahundi wasted one of the great opportunities for Ihefu as his shot went wide. As the whistle to break the opening 45 minutes sounded, Mahundi had to be consoled by his teammates as he looked depressed for failing to use well the advantage en route to the dressing room.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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