Thursday, May 16, 2013


Dar es Salaam Young Africans is a football club based in Jangwani street near the busiest street of all in Dar called Kariakoo. The other name for the team is Yanga. This club was established in 1935. Its first trophy was won in the year 1968.

Dar es Salaam Young Africans FC Logo

Up to now the club has won a total of 24 league trophies. The team does not have a very good record in African tournaments as compared to their arch-rivals Simba Sports Club.

Young Africans have already won this season's championship. They have a last match to be played on 18th May against their arch-rivals Simba. The team has gone for a camp for the preparation against Simba.

The view of Yanga Headquarters. 
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Almost everyone in Tanzania supports either Simba or Yanga. The meeting between these 2 teams brings millions of Tanzanian shillings as entrance fees.

Yanga went to salute the Tanzania Parliament after winning the
CECAFA cup in 2012. Also in the picture, Team coach and some 
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The turn up of supporters is normally higher than any other tie in Tanzania. although Yanga has already taken the cup, it wont take the match so lightly.

Athuman Idd, one of the best midfield players in Yanga history.
His passes resembles those straight lines drawn by a smooth ruler.
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The midfield of Yanga consists of such players like Athuman Idd, Haruna Niyonzima, Nizar Khalfan, Rehani Kibindu, Omega Seme and Frank Domayo.

Haruna Niyonzima-Yanga midfielder from Rwanda.
He is nicknamed Fabregas, because of his accurate passes.
In a single game Niyonzima can create an average of 150 - 180 passes. 

In this season Yanga won all its matches except the match against Kagera sugar where they lost by a goal to nil, and a match against Mtibwa Sugar where Yanga lost by 3-0.

Nonda Shaaban played for Yanga before he went in South Africa, and then to Monaco in France.

A lot of views and comments from different supporters reveal that the tie between Simba and Yanga is always covered with over-expectations from both players and supporters. These extraordinary expectations have brought out unpleasant game to be observed by the fans on the pitch. Fans wants to see good skills, wonderful football and other things which will satisfy them. sometimes it is so hard to fulfil the wants of football fans. Whatever the case, people wants to see good game. When they have bought the tickets, they expect a reward in terms of skilled and entertaining football.

Said Bahanuzi in yellow jersey no. 11 is one of Yanga young talented striker.
He scored a total of 6 goals in CECAFA Cup 2012 to help Yanga lift the trophy.
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Said Bahanuzi trying to pass through when Yanga played 
with APR Rwanda. Bahanuzi scored all goals to give Yanga a 2-0 victory.
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Just like their arch-rivals Simba, Yanga is always blamed by soccer fans because of their trend of employing a new coach almost every season. This normally happens if Yanga don't win the Vodacom premier league. Other fans have been optimistic on the idea of employing foreign coaches. They think that it is high time now for Yanga to trust the native soccer managers.