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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Teams gear up for league resumption

21st January 2013
The second half of the Mainland premier soccer league is expected to kick off on Saturday as teams are gearing up for it.
Focus will be on top placed teams in the standings table projecting for title haul as well as bottom placed who are fighting against relegation.
Well to do teams of Young Africans, Simba and Azam, who have been commanding the league since the season kicked off on September 15, last year, have trained their squads outside the country ahead of the resumption.
Pace makers Yanga have just arrived from Turkey where they went for the sporting tour while their closest archrivals Simba are expected back from Middle East later this week.
Second placed Azam FC is still in Kenya under their reinstated English coach taking no chances to drill their squad.
Yanga are leading the pack of the twelve teams with 29 points, opening a massive five-point-gap over Azam and six over holders Simba.
After 13 games of the first half of the season, regular participants African Lyon, Toto Africa and promoted Police Morogoro are floating in the dreadful relegation pool.
The teams have been at their base for training as resources were limited for them to fly abroad for training tour.
All the three top placed teams in the standings table will kick off the league without their coaches who took them to the opening matches at the beginning of the season.
Third placed Simba is the last side to have changed a coach who will experience a torrid moment to review the prowess of the premiership teams.
Which of the three top placed teams would kick off the second half of the season promisingly is hard to tell as fans are keeping their fingers crossed to wait for the outcome.
However, Simba and Azam FC coaches will be in hectic moment to train their squads as the Confederation of African Football, CAF, leagues kick off next month.
Leaders Yanga will be concentrating on the premiership title as they would enjoy most of their remaining fixture at their base in Dar es Salaam. 


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