Arusha United drop two slots in FDL after defeat to Police     

18Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Arusha United drop two slots in FDL after defeat to Police     

IT was one match to reckon with, played at the Ushirika grounds in Moshi, Kilimanjaro where Arusha United FC ‘Wana Utalii' faced hosts Police Tanzania, with the latter thrashing the former 1-0 amid pandemonium.

Arusha United FC player (R) attempts to block Azam FC striker Mbaraka Yusuf in a friendly match, which was played at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam last year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ARUSHA UNITED FC

With such a beating, Arusha United FC, with the squad's tourism focused ‘Wana Utalii’ moniker, have now dropped to the fifth position in the Group B of the First Division League (FDL) with 28 points, much to their dismay.

During the match, played on Saturday, one of Arusha United FC players, Abdulhalim Mohamed, was shown red card after a faulty rough move against a Police Tanzania midfielder, Mateso Mbaraka, in the last minute of the first half.

That caused Arusha United FC to play with 10 players during the second half of the game. It was also during this time that Police Tanzania netted their one and only score, in the 87th minute, courtesy of Bantu Msungwe.

With that, Police Tanzania are now positioned second in Group B, with 32 points, just a point below group leaders, Geita Gold FC that has collected 33 points.

Pamba FC of Mwanza, which also beat Geita Gold FC 2-0 last weekend, is now in the third position with 29 points, Boma FC of Mbeya, also with 29 points, is clocking the fourth position, while Green Warriors of Dar es Salaam, are in the sixth position with 25 points.

Mbwana Makata, Police Tanzania's head coach, said; “It was a tough game but we had anticipated that, there were plenty of shortcomings but the team will iron this out in the next match against Rhino Rangers in Tabora.”

Commissioner of Police, Charles Mkumbo, Police Tanzania's chairman, said he was proud of his squad, saying: “We are confident that our boys will excel into the Premier League.”

According to Mkumbo, Police Tanzania are as strong as they come and are not afraid of their forthcoming match against Rhino Rangers, much as the game is expected to be staged far away from home.

The FDL matches will, on the other hand, take two weeks’ hiatus to pave way for senior national football team's preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nation (AFCON) Qualifiers and the Azam Sports Federation Cup, both to be played between March 18 and April 2.

Arusha United FC head coach, Juma Masoud, lamented the last weekend's match. He said; “We were forced to lose, it was unfair but the most important thing at the moment is to focus on the next match against Pamba in Mwanza next month."

Group B leaders, Geita Gold, will play against Trans-Camp of Dar es Salaam, on April 6, while Arusha Football Club (AFC), with 16 points and on the 11th position, is to face Mashujaa of Kigoma at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha on April 7.