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Yanga finish Tanzania season unbeaten, Wydad are Morocco champs

Yanga players celebrate after winning the title
  • Yanga were already crowned champions with four matches left
  • They did not lose a single game in 30 outings
  • Striker Fiston Mayele finished second best scorer

Tanzanian giants Young Africans (Yanga) made history once again after finishing the NBC Premier League unbeaten following their 1-0 victory over Mtibwa Sugar in their final match of the season on Wednesday night in Dar es Salaam.

Dennis Nkane’s well angled second half header gave Wanajangwani the victory infront of their home fans, assuring them of finishing the campaign without tasting defeat.

Yanga who were already crowned champions with four matches before the season ended. In 30 matches this season, Yanga dropped points in only eight matches, which they picked a single point. They recorded 22 victories and finish the season with 74 points, a whooping 13 ahead of their bitter rivals Simba SC.

Simba have had a disappointing season which has seen them finish without a trophy. They drew 0-0 with Mbeya Kwanza away from home in their final match of the season.

Yanga are in the running for a domestic double, having qualified for the final of the Azam Cup after beating Simba 1-0.

Mpole beats Mayele for Golden boot

Yanga players line up before a past match

Meanwhile, Geita Gold’s George Mpole beat Yanga’s Fiston Mayele to the Golden Boot after scoring in their 1-1 draw with Coastal Union in their final match of the season.

Heading into the final round, Mpole was tied at 16 goals with Yanga’s Fiston Mayele, but Mpole, who is already attracting interest from several clubs, edged him out to finish the campaign on 17 goals, an average of at least a goal every two games.

Congolese Mayele is said to be on the verge of leaving Yanga, with South African giants Orlando Pirates rumoured to be his next destination.

On the same breathe, Simba SC are on the verge of sealing a deal to sign Central African Republic international Ceaser Manzoki from Ugandan Premier League side Vipers SC. Manzoki was the top scorer in the UPL and was also crowned as the player of the season.

Wekundu wa Msimbzi are looking to strengthen the side especially with rally Bwalya having already left the team to join Amazulu in South Africa.

Wydad are champions of Morocco

Wydad celebrate with the Champions League trophy

Elsewhere, Wydad Athletic Club have been crowned champions of the Moroccan Botola Pro despite playing to a 2-2 draw with Mouloudia Oujda (MCO) in their penultimate game of the season.

With one match left to play, the point saw Wydad move four points clear of their Casablanca rivals Raja who are second with 59.

Needing just a point from the game, Wydad found themselves trailing 2-0 in the opening 33 minutes of the match when Lamine Diakite scored twice in the 6th and 33rd minutes of the game to give Raja on the other end some massive hope of taking the title fight down to the wire.

However, a huge second half performance from Wydad saw them stage a stunning comeback with Guy Mbenza halving the deficit five minutes after the restart.

They battled and fought to get back on level terms and they did so in the first minute of added time when Juvhel Tsoumou scored the vital goal for a point.

Raja on the other end won 2-1 against AS Far, but it did little to deter the title destiny.

Wydad is the most successful club in the Moroccan championship with 22 titles.

New head coach Walid Regragoui has had a dream debut season, winning the league title on top of the CAF Champions League crown.

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