Blunt strikers irks Yanga coach

15Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Blunt strikers irks Yanga coach

YANGA’s coach Hans van Pluijm, has continued to express concern over his team’s failure to exploit a host of scoring opportunities despite having maintained its winning ways in the Mainland premier league.

YANGA’s coach Hans van Pluijm,

The team cruised into 2-1 victory over Mwadui FC of Shinyanga in a match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Winger Simon Msuva and midfielder, Haruna Niyonzima, scored in either half to steer Yanga to the crucial win and reduce the side’s points’ gap with the league’s leaders, Simba, to one.

Yanga, Pluijm said, had an upper hand during the opening ten minutes of the game and had numerous scoring opportunities, which were surprisingly thrown overboard.

“Generally, in the first half, we had opportunities and scored one goal. In the first ten minutes of the half, however, we played fantastic football but wasted several chances,” Pluijm said.

Yanga’s defense marshalled by Nadir Haroub and Pato Ngonyani, looked shaky at some point in the first half, in which the team’s defenders were forced into frantic clearance to contain speedy and muscular Mwadiu strikers.

To Mwadui’s coach Jamhuri Kihwelu, the dismissal of one of his team’s defenders for a second bookable offence significantly weakened the team and contributed much to the defeat.

Kihwelu felt the defender‘s tackle on Yanga’s striker, Zimbabwean Donald Ngoma, during the closing stages of the game did not warrant the second yellow card.

The outspoken coach, who has always been one of the strongest critics of the premier league referees, said the game’s referees, as well, played a significant part in his team’s defeat.

The loss has left Mwadui occupying the sixth position in the league’s standings, posting 34 points from 26 games.
The team has won nine games, conceded defeat in ten matches and managing draw in the remaining games.

A win by Yanga in another left over fixture against Morogoro’s Mtibwa Sugar slated to take place at the National Stadium tomorrow, will see the former edge Simba from the summit.

Simba will nevertheless have opportunity to regain the driver’s seat when they play Mwanza’s Toto Africans in the league’s only game at the same venue the subsequent day.

Azam, currently in the third position of the league’s standing with 55 points from 24 appearances, will have opportunity to continue putting pressure on the top two teams as they host Majimaji of Ruvuma at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salam on April 27.