Ndanda coach hails team despite defeat

19Jan 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Ndanda coach hails team despite defeat

Ndanda FC coach, Hamimu Mawazo, has expressed satisfaction over his team’s displays despite prolonging its losing streak in the Mainland premier league with a 1-0 defeat to Yanga in Dar es Salaam last Sunday.

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Mawazo said his team put a solid performance in the game and played as per his instructions throughout.

He also defended his team’s decision to sit back and defend for the better part of the game noting that the team managed to, as well, press upfront on several occasions.

The victory has seen Yanga leapfrog Azam FC to occupy the top spot in the league’s standings, despite having tied the latter on 36 points from 14 games. Yanga have a better goal difference.

Ndanda put spirited displays to keep Yanga at bay for most of the opening half, which eventually ended with none of the two teams having managed to find the back of the net.

Ndanda, again, defended zealously in the second half, despite having conceded the lone goal midway through the half.

Yanga’s coach, Hans van Pluijm, said he has been delighted with his team’s victory and noted the squad had opted for a relaxed approach as per his directives.

The results have left Ndanda still rooted to the 14th position in the league’s table with nine points from 14 games, having won once, lost seven and managed draws in the remaining games.

Ndanda have tied 15th-placed Kagera Sugar on points but the former are in the 14th position thanks to better goal aggregate.

The Mtwara-based team is also just a point above bottom-placed African Sports of Tanga and victory in the remaining games is crucial to the former’s chances of escaping relegation to the National First Division League.

Meanwhile, Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has sent its condolences to Simba SC following the death of the outfit’s former official, Selemani Said ‘Yeltsin.

Said, who had served as Simba’s secretary general between 1998 and 2000, passed away in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

In the condolences, TFF has expressed sadness over the death of the official, whose leadership style had him was reminiscent to former USSR president, Boris Yeltsin.

TFF, on behalf of domestic soccer stakeholders, said it has joined Simba and the family of the late Said in mourning.

The late Said was expected to be buried at the Kisutu cemetery in the city yesterday evening.

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