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Prisons in pole position to win hockey crown

23rd February 2012
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Tanzania Prisons are in pole position to win their maiden Dar es Salaam hockey title should they post a win over holders TPDF in the premiership match to be played at their opponents’ venue on Sunday.

Both teams have played five matches but the prison wardens have opened a massive four-point gap over second placed Ngome.

The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, TPDF, team are six points adrift of the pace makers and urgently need to win Sunday’s fixture if they are to keep alive their title retention aspirations.

With three matches to wind up the premiership season for Dar es Salaam region, TPDF have no other option except to win the rest of their three matches, including the Sunday duel.

However, Prisons, with the highest ceiling of 22 points, will receive a huge title boost at the expense of their opponents should they post a victory.

The match, expected to bully off in late afternoon, might keep spectators spellbound throughout the 70 minutes duration.

Both teams know the gravity of posting victory though TPDF have the biggest urgency to please their fans at home.

In another match to be played at the same venue, on the same day will see second placed Ngome lock horns with equally competitive Dar es Salaam Khalsa.

Fourth placed in the standings table but on equal points with TPDF, Khalsa still have a chance to win the title on the basis of chalking victories in their remaining three fixtures.

Khalsa, like TPDF have a ceiling of 16 points which can easily be attained by Prisons should they floor TPDF.

Ngome, the only team to have played more games than the rest, have their ceiling limited to 15 points having made six appearance to hit a nine-point mark in the standings ladder.

Bottom placed Dar es Salaam Institute are out of the title race as a result of dishing out points to other teams through no shows.

Without a point and three games in hand, Dar Institute has to plan ahead of their next season’s measures to bounce back into competitive hockey.

The league, which has no relegation regulations, has Kentucky as a missing side for the closing season.

Both Prisons and Ngome have scored nine goals but the later have conceded five as contrasted to two of the pace makers, Prisons.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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