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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Early days in Mainland Premier League

30th September 2012

The animated conversation in different areas of the country and fierce debate about controversies in local football can only mean one thing: the new Mainland Premier League season is up and running. 

In the past, Simba and Yanga have held sway over the league, but in these early days of the season, the Jangwani Street side only seem to be lurching from one crisis to another.

Initially, the reigning Kagame Cup champions were bedeviled by poor form, which prompted the club to sack their recently acquired Belgian tactician, Tom Saintfiet.

As if this coaching upheaval were not enough, FIFA has now instructed Yanga to clear the debt it owes to its erstwhile Serbian coach, Kostadin Papic as well as its former player, John Njoroge.

Meanwhile, in stark contrast, things have been going swimmingly for Yanga’s archrivals Simba.

Indeed, they have not put a foot wrong since the season started, which must be music to their fans’ ears.

Interestingly though, one of the pleasant surprises of the league so far has been the unanticipated sterling form of two newly promoted sides in Coastal Union and Tanzania Prisons.

Incredibly, Prisons earlier this week were comfortably ensconced in third place on the league table while not to be outdone, Coastal Union were impressively fourth.

These two unexpected developments are extremely encouraging as far as local football is concerned.

Indeed, they point to a great deal of quality in the national first division, which can only mean good things for local football and the Taifa Stars.

Unquestionably, more spice and flavor would be added to the league if we saw the emergence of new stars on the local scene this season.

Granted, while we continue to ooh and ah over the likes of usual suspects such as Emmanuel Okwi and John Bocco, newly discovered talents are always a welcome change.

So, as we eagerly follow the goings-on in the league, let us keep our fingers crossed that the teams can maintain this thrilling excitement!

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