Zimbabwe-import, Thaban Kamusoko scored the only goal as Young Africans beat MC Ager in their 2nd 1/16th round first leg clash on Saturday in Dar es Salaam.
Despite the tight defensive approach of the visiting Algerians, Kamusoko netted the winner for the hosts on the hour mark from a Obrey Chirwa assist. The return leg will be in Algiers next Saturday.
The game was action-packed with Yanga as the Tanzanians are nicknamed dominated possession and as well the better scoring opportunities but lack of composure in the final third left them with just one goal.
It was an intense first half with Yanga creating no less than ten clear cut chances, which all went in vain. The host came close to scoring as early as the sixth minute but MC Alger goal-stopper, Chaouchi Fawzi used extra effort to save Mwinyi Haji’s direct free-kick.
Later attempts from Haruna Niyonzima, Chirwa, Nadir Haroub and Kamusoko all went wide.
The visitors, winners of the CAF Champions League in 1976, relied on the counter with Hadj Bougueche and Khaled Gourmi but all their efforts was nothing than a trial.
In the second half, Yanga coach George Lwandamina introduced Donald Ngoma for Deus Kaseke in the 55th minute, and the change was what the Tanzanians were missing as few minutes later, Ngoma and Chirwa teamed up to square Kamusoko to score the match winner.
Rachid Bouhenna, Hichem Nekkache, Sid Aouadj and captain Hachoud Abderrahmane test the host defence on a few occasions but goalkeeper Deogratias Munishi was up to the task on all occasions, as Yanga held on to victory.
Juma Mwambusi (Assistant Coach, Young Africans)
We are happy that we won the game but we understand that this is just the half of a tough encounter. We lost too many chances in the game. The composure in the final third was poor and resulted in this narrow victory. Some players lacked concentration and the decision to score. We are looking forward to a tough game away. We know that it will not be easy as our opponents will go all out.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)