Azam FC 4-2 Kagera Sugar: On Song Dube too hot for Sugar Millers
Red hot Prince Dube continued with his exploits as he was involved in three Azam FC goals in a 4-2 win over Kagera Sugar in the Tanzania Mainland League match played on Sunday night.
Yanga SC’s 3-0 win over Coastal Union on Saturday coupled with Simba SC’s 4-0 win away to JKT Tanzania ensured the Ice-cream Makers drop to third position, and anything less than maximum points could have affected their chances of going top.
It took the Chamazi charges just five minutes to open the scoring. Obrey Chirwa spotted Prince Dube making a run, and he passed the ball to him. The Zimbabwean’s first touch put the ball far from the goalkeeper’s reach before the second one guided the ball into the empty net.
The goal was Dube’s fourth in the 2020/21 season having scored three before. The Sugar Millers leveled matters in the 32nd minute when Mudathir Yahya committed a foul at the edge of the 18-yard area. David Luhende rose for the occasion and managed to beat the wall and goalkeeper David Mapigano.
It was the first time the 2014 champions were conceding this season, having kept four clean sheets in as many matches.
In the 38th minute, Richard Djodi managed to pick the unmarked Chirwa. The Zambian kept his cool to find the back of the net, only for the linesman to wrongly rule the goal out for offside.
After the break, Azam needed just two minutes to reclaim the lead. This time around, Dube went past the defenders and squared the ball to Chirwa who gladly finished it.
However, the Sugar Belt side was not going down without a fight and they pushed for a leveller which came in the 49th minute. A good shot from the Kagera forward was parried by Mapigano, but the rebound fell right in front of Yusuf Mhilu who banged the roof of the net.
In the 51st minute, Bruce Kangwa left his markers for dead, entered the danger zone before cutting the ball back for Richard Djodi to direct it on target to make it 3-2 in favour of the former champions.
Dube completed his brace in the 87th minute when he headed in a cross by Iddi Nado. It was his fifth goal in as many matches.
The result means Azam are leading the table with 15 points from five matches, while Simba SC come second with two points less, same as Yanga who are third owing to their inferior goal difference.