Michael Sarpong rescues Young Africans with debut goal


Tanzanian giants Young Africans SC were rescued from an opening day defeat to Tanzania Prisons, thanks to a debut goal by Ghanaian Michael Sarpong.

Prisons got the ball rolling in the 8th minute through Lambert Sabiyanka after Yanga failed to clear their lines leading to Sabiyanka getting enough space to set himself up before beating goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo.

Sarpong would pull the game level in the 19th minute after Prisons defenders failed to deal with a cross which landed at 24-year-old’s feet and his first-time shot was too much for the Prison’s goalie to handle.

Speaking after the game Yanga Head Coach, Zlatko Krmpotić, revealed his players were not physically ready for the match saying “I must admit my players were not physically prepared to endure the entire 90 minutes, and it is the reason we got [a draw],”


“In the first half, we played well the same as the second half, however, we struggled to finish the good moves. Even the subs we introduced did well, but sometimes in football, you need luck to win.”

Sarpong signed for the Tanzanian giants about a fortnight ago on a free transfer after parting with Rwandan outfit Rayon Sports in April 2020.


by Leroy Hawkson|


Hi, I am Leroy Hawkson, an up and coming sports journalist with over 4 years of experience in media working for the likes of University of Ghana-based Radio Univers (where I served as the Head of Production and Host of the station's sports show "Sports Express"), the National Media Commission (NMC) and ClassFM.
I am also a writer and researcher for GTV Sports+ show "Beyond the Pitch," producer of popular Ghana Facebook Live boxing show "KBOXtv Live" and Head of Sports of Talks Africa Media.
I am is passionate about the lesser-known or less financed sports in Ghana and would love to show Ghanaians the beauty of these sports to help develop them into powerhouses in the country and the world.


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