Ihefu FC braces for Mtibwa Sugar battle

18Sep 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ihefu FC braces for Mtibwa Sugar battle

MBEYA's Ihefu FC will today be attempting to make it back-to-back wins when they face Mtibwa Sugar at home in a Vodacom Premier League match.

Ihefu FC impressively beat Ruvu Shooting 1-0 last weekend and the former have the advantage of staying at home for this game also.

Currently Ihefu are placed seventh in the league table, as they lost their opening game against Simba, but a win here would see them climb to the top five.

If they win and score five goals to match leaders KMC FC goal difference, Ihefu FC would go top of the league so there is a lot to play for here.

Ihefu FC's Enock Jiah scored against Ruvu Shooting while the former's other forward, Omar Mponda, struck against Simba as the newly promoted side looked comfortable playing at home.

Ihefu FC's head coach Maka Mwalwisi has assembled a youthful side blended with a couple of experienced players.

Mtibwa Sugar are in the 11th place and have also played two games so far, a goalless draw against Ruvu Shooting was followed by an impressive one-all stalemate with Simba last weekend.

Football enthusiasts should see a very open and exciting game, Ihefu FC might feel confident of scraping another win but, at the same time, Mtibwa Sugar have not lost yet, even if two games have been played.

Mtibwa Sugar head coach Zuberi Katwila will feel this is a good opportunity for his team to take maximum points after matching Simba pound for pound last weekend.

There will be no record for either of the two outfits to fall back to as in head-to-head stats, Ihefu FC and Mtibwa Sugar have never met in the top flight league.

Ihefu FC’s  XI line-up from their 1-0 victory against Ruvu Shooting:

Andrew Kayuni, Omary Kindamba, Emmanuel Kichiba, Geoffrey Raphael, Michael Masinda, Sudi Mlindwa, Cyprian Kipenye/Tepsi Evance 53’, William Mgaya, Joseph Kinyozi, Omary Mponda and Enock Jiah.

Mtibwa Sugar’s XI line-up from their 1-1 draw against Simba:

Abdultwalib Mshery, Salum Kanoni, Issa Rashid ‘Baba Ubaya’, Geoffrey Luseke, Dickson Job, Baraka Majogoro, Haroun Chanongo, Juma Nyangi, Ibrahim Ahmada Hilika/Salum Kihimbwa 78’, Boban Zirintusa/Ally Yussuf Makarani 61’ and Joseph Mkele/Jaffar Salum Kibaya 68’.

Meanwhile, Polisi Tanzania will be aiming to secure back-to-back wins in the Vodacom Premier League when they host JKT Tanzania at Ushirika Stadium in Moshi today, with kick-off set for 1400.

The hosts' head coach Malale Hamsini’s boys picked up their first win of the season in their last league outing, defeating high-flying Namungo FC 1-0 away from home on Monday.

A second half goal netted by on-loan youngster Rashid Juma saw Polisi Tanzania emerge victorious in the match.

The Kilimanjaro-based side have played twice away from home this term. Their first was a 1-0 loss to Azam FC on the opening day and their second, the above-mentioned win against Namungo FC.

The JKT Tanzania will look to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the 2020/21 season when they were beaten 1-0 at home by city rivals, Dodoma Jiji FC, on Saturday.

The results denied the military side the chance to come into this round at the top of the standings.

They have claimed three points away from Dodoma this season and will be hoping to get back on track and replicate the kind of form they showed on the opening weekend of the season when they defeated Kagera Sugar 1-0 at Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba.

Last season saw Polisi Tanzania take four points off JKT Tanzania, winning away and settling for draw in the home fixture.

They notched a 1-0 away win thanks to a goal netted by midfielder, Jimmy Mwaisondola, in the first half of the campaign before settling for 1-1 draw at home in the reverse fixture.

 

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