Alliance Girls’ coach bemoans poor refereeing

11May 2019
Renatha Msungu
The Guardian
Alliance Girls’ coach bemoans poor refereeing

MWANZA’s Alliance Girls’ assistant coach, Sultani Juma, has expressed misgivings over referees that are officiating the ongoing Mainland Women Premier League, claiming they are biased.

MWANZA’s Alliance Girls’

Juma issued the comments after the match between Baobab Queens and Alliance Girls, played at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma last week and ended with Baobab Queens winning 2-1.

The coach noted the league faces plenty of challenges but the event’s referees have mostly been below par.

“I should honestly say this league is facing a lot of challenges. The referees have been faring poorly and it is extremely difficult to get referees for the matches,” Juma disclosed.

“For instance we had yet to get the required number of referees during the pre-match meeting, referees who are based in this region had to oversee the match given the ones that were assigned for the duel staged a no show.”

He further pointed out a good number of participating teams are experiencing difficulties in meeting transportation costs.

Neema Paul netted two goals for Baobab Queens in the match, Leah Kamanda recorded Alliance Girls’ goal.

Baobab Queens, therefore, have maintained their place in the league given they are occupying the eighth spot with 19 points.

In another development, Baobab Queen’ chairperson, Inosensia James, has called on the sport’s stakeholders and companies to back the outfit given it operates in extremely difficult condition.

Inosensia noted her club has no sponsors and it therefore face difficulties in meeting participation costs.

She appealed to firms and well-wishers to back the side and see to it that it excels I the tournament.

“We are operating in truly difficult condition and this contributes to the side’s poor showing in the league,” Inosensia added.

“There are a lot of well-to-do people and firms in Dodoma. I urge them to sponsor our team with a view to ensuring it excels in this league.”

She insisted it is an honour for Dodoma to field teams in a variety of soccer competitions at the domestic level, given the region is Tanzania’s capital city.

The region’s residents, therefore, should do all they can so Baobab Queens can keep on taking part in the Mainland Women Premier League next year.

She pointed out that a good number of Dodoma’s residents have not developed passion for women’s soccer, given they believe the sport is solely reserved for men.