By Amini Nyaungo
Yanga Sports Club fantastic performance against Ethiopia’s Wolaitta Ditcha was rewarded with a 2-0 win in the first leg of African Confederation cup tie at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam Saturday.
Yanga midfielder Raphael Daud opened the scoring only after 30 seconds of the game from a fantastic through ball from full back Haji Mwinyi.
The first half ended with Yanga 1-0 to the good.
Emmanuel Martin doubled the home side advantage after 54 minutes from Yusuph Mhilu’s pass.
The result gives the Jangwani side an advantage for the return leg away in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopians need a 3-0 victory at home to knock Yanga out of the competition.
Coach George Lwandamina decided to make changes in his side’s engine room after naming Pius Buswita in midfield area to play alongside Thaban Kamusoko.
The change seemed to benefit Yanga in the game today.
Yanga had 53% of the ball. None of the players from the two teams were cautioned by the referee.
Yanga had a total of 16 shots, of which 6 were on target. Wolaitta Ditcha had 10 shots, 6 on target.
After the game, Yanga captain Nadir Haroub had said they won the game but expects a tough away return leg in Ethiopia next week. He believes they will be able to register a win.
“We've got two goals at home has been good for us, we are grateful for this success, I believe we will qualify for the group stage although the second leg will be tough,” he said.
Wolaitta Ditcha goalkeeper Wondwosen Genermew said they will win the second leg and qualifying for the group stage.
"We will strive to win the next game and we will go the next step, we did not know Yanga how they are playing but now we know them," he said.