Tanzania Prisons have sealed off the Dar es Salaam hockey premiership title after defeating highly charging Dar es Salaam Khalsa by 3-0 goals in their final league match played at the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces venue last Sunday.
The tension packed encounter saw the winners scoring a double through striker Castor Mayuma at the end of the first half.
Khalsa fought back gallantly but it was the prison wardens who dictated terms at the end to send them behind the bars with a third and crucial goal scored by Rajab Mpepo midway into the second half.
The new champions were playing under tension as they had to be careful on the other final match when holders TPDF hosted Ngome on the same day.
A loss for Ngome and a win for TPDF would have changed the entire fortunes and in deep it came close as the holders hammered their opponents by five goals to finish runners-up at the end of the season.
TPDF scored their goals through a hat-trick by league’s top scorer Elyas Samala who wound up the season with six in total to claim the award.
Two other goals were scored by Abdallah Katundu but the holders’ efforts were not to be rewarded by the silverware as Prisons reigned supreme.
The league’s final matches brought together three teams that would have emerged winner banking on their performance.
Newly crowned champions Prisons would have sealed of the title a week before only for TPDF to spoil their party in the only match the winners had lost out of eight appearances.
Prisons finalised the league with 19 points realised through six wins, one draw and a loss with a positive goal difference of ten.
TPDF were three points short of the winners having posted five victories, one draw and two losses and a goal difference of eleven.
Third placed in the final standings were Dar es Salaam Khalsa with 13 points, wining four matches, losing three and a draw.
Ngome are second from the tail with nine points as Dar Institute ended the league without a win and point.
However, Dar Institute pulled out of the league with three rounds to play sensing a poor performance would have humbled them further on the field.
All teams that were supposed to play against the DI side were awarded three points and two goals to bring equilibrium in the standings table.
DI were no show in their match against Ngome only for the later to earn easy points but they had to pay heavy penalty amounting to a hundred thousand shillings.
Meanwhile, the Dar es Salaam Hockey Association secretary general Mnonda Magani said the DI team is yet to pay the fine todate.
Mnonda said teams are now awaiting to feature in the Phoenix Insurance championship to be staged in Tanga later in July.