Beaten Prisons bemoan hot weather

15Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Beaten Prisons bemoan hot weather

PRISONS’S coach Salum Mayanga has lamented Dar es Salaam’s hot weather has partly contributed to his team’s defeat to Simba in the Mainland premier league match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Salum Mayanga

A second half strike by substitute, Awadh uma, helped Simba secure crucial three points and continue enjoying the driver’s seat.

“We had trouble adapting to the hot weather, given we had little time to prepare for the game,” Mayanga said.

Mayanga also said his team had planned to at least get a draw, should it fail to emerge victorious, but a defensive mistake during the closing stages eventually cost the team dearly.

The defeat has left Prisons still occupying the fifth position in the league’s standings with 36 points from 23 games, winning nine, losing five and managing draw in the rest.

On the other side of teh coin, Simba’s coach, Ugandan Jackson Mayanja expressed pride in his team’s tenacity, saying the squad can now fight for more victories up to the end of the game.

Mayanja said Prisons opted for an overly defensive approach and that forced his team to notch to the otherwise valuable win.

Prisons’ dependable goal getter, Jeremiah Juma, who is among the contestants for this season’s golden boot award, had a disappointing game, as he failed to forge better coordination with striking partner, Mohamed Mkopi.

The hard working Mkopi, who was voted as the league’s best player for the last month, thus, turned out to be the only threat to Simba’s defense throughout the game, thanks to his powerful runs and dribbling skills.

Prisons’ defence comprising committed glaring mistakes on several occasions in the first half but Simba strikers failed to capitalise on the mistakes.

Simba’s Ugandan striker, Hamisi Kiiza, had yet another less impressive outing and Mayanja, eventually, resorted to substitute him for Daniel Lyanga, who added the much needed sharpness upfront.

Simba will have chance to tighten their grip on the top spot in the standings when they take on Coastal Union of Tanga at the Mkwakwani Stadium on Saturday.

Yanga, who are currently preparing for the second leg of the CAF Champions League’s first round match against Rwanda’s APR slated for Saturday, are in the second position with 50 points from 21 matches.

Yanga, nevertheless, have two matches in hand in the domestic top flight tournament and the team will significantly reduce its points’ gap with Simba, should it win its two left over games.

The game against Coastal Union, though, promises to be an intriguing duel for Simba, as the Tanga team will be keen on coming out with a view to boost its chance of escaping relegation to the National First Division League.

Coastal Union are lately second from the bottom of the league with 19 points from 23 games, with fellow Tanga outfit, African Sports, occupying the last position with 17 points from 22 games.

Coastal Union are reeling from a humiliating 3-0 loss they suffered to Kagera Sugar at the latter’s venue, Kambarage Stadium, therefore, the former will certainly be keen on settling for nothing short of victory to appease their fans.

Prisons are then set to face African Sports at the Mkwakwani Stadium on Sunday and a win will see them scale up the league’s standings.