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Premier teams must review performance

12th November 2012
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After closely watching their teams’ performances during the first half of the Mainland premier football season, it’s time for officials and players to chart the way forward.

The premiership has on board a total of 14 teams, three of which will be relegated and replaced by as many at the end of the season in May 2013.

The two-month recess is sufficient for clubs to analyse how they faired in the league and work out action plans to plug in loopholes they observed.

This is the time for teams to take advantage of the transfer window where they can recruit and offload players of their choice bearing in mind their contractual agreements.

The call is directed at the teams that have been performing poorly to the extent of threatening their premiership berth’s survival.

For those teams that have been shuffling their cards in the right way, it’s time to work out a plan that would intensify their title aspirations.

So far there is no team out of the entire fleet that has not been beaten, though relegation-haunted Police Morogoro are still searching for their first win of the season since winning promotion into the top flight berth.

With just four points after 13 appearances, the cops from Morogoro will certainly be heading towards where they came from. Deliberate efforts must be deployed if the course is to change at the beginning of the second half of the season in January.

While clubs will be busy replacing players through the mid-season transfer window, the players themselves also have a reason to assess their performance and take new directions.

Clubs should also take a closer look at their technical staff in terms of coaches and other training staff if they are to change the teams into winning outfits during next round.

Both players and club officials have the obligation of making decisions which should not affect their contractual obligations.

We also congratulate teams like Young Africans that kicked off the season wobbly and gradually made it to the top of the standings table after hard work and superb display of football.

While resurgent Yanga are being congratulated, other teams are also advised to adjust their performance at the beginning of the next half of the season as the room to excel is wide open.

This is the time for club officials particularly those that have been involved in misunderstandings to come to the negotiating table and iron out their differences.

Azam and Simba are haunted by internal crises severe enough to disrupt their premiership performance as seen during their two or three premiership assignments.

The Tanzania Football Federation through its league committee has a huge responsibility to make amendments and clear discrepancies observed during the half season.

The major shortfall of the premiership so far is poor performance of referees who to a big extent are affecting results of the matches due to improper decisions on the pitch.

Most of the top flight sides are not happy with the way some of the referees are officiating.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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