Can red cards, gift goals prevail again?

30Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Can red cards, gift goals prevail again?

RED CARD and gift goal dominated post-match headlines when Dar es Salaam soccer archrivals Simba and Young Africans met for the last time in the Mainland premiership at the National Stadium on February 20.


Bukoba-based lady referee Jonisia Rukya took responsibility to officiate the country’s premier derby for the first time in her career as Simba cried foul.

Simba centre-back Abdi Banda got the marching orders midway into the first half and it took not more than ten minutes when defender Hassan Kessy handed rivals Young Africans a seemingly ‘gift’ goal.

Young Kessy then opted to cross over to the rivals in a disputed transfer that reverbarates todate.

Simba lost the match by 2-0 goals as their rivals got a springboard towards title retention for the second season running.

srael Nkongo who at one time messed another Dar derby between Yanga and Azam, then declared as the best referee, has now been entrusted to handle tomorrow’s derby.

With FIFA badge dangling on his chest, Nkongo is still enjoying the benefit of doubt by either side in the match but still impartiality remains a rare commodity.

The Dar rivals meet for the first leg of the unfolding season under different circumstances when contrasted to the previous time. Simba have on board new coach who used to train Azam FC as Yanga still maintain their Dutchman, Hans Van Pluijm.

Joseph Omog whose coaching credentials are well documented has taken Simba to the top of the premiership summit with unbeaten run after six rounds.

Simba is enjoying the pilot seat with unblemished licence but the match against their rivals has twists and turns.

A shocking lone goal loss at the hands of Shinyanga-based Stand United last Sunday is still causing ripples in the ears of Yanga coach, players and fans alike as the derby is just around the corner.

It is unknown whether we will observe more of the red cards or gift goals as fans of either side remain under tension for the outcome.

Yanga have in possession of their usual marksmen in the likes of Amisi Tambwe, Donald Ngoma and to a lesser extent, Simon Suva.

Simba have got new strikers on board with Burundian Laudit Mavugo and Shiza Kichuya comfortably on board.

Both sides have not changed their goalkeepers’ line-up as Yanga will have no choice other than Ali Mustafa, a former Simba custodian while Simba still trust Ivorian Vincent Angban between the posts.

Wonder boy Ibrahim Ajib is still Simba’s trusted striker though Kichuya’s arrival has twisted the team’s trump card.

After six-match rollercoaster display to drop only two points, Simba are in the driving seat and loss of match to Yanga, should that happen, would still not halt their comfortable lead.

It is Simba which has been uncomfortable over impartiality which they claim contributed to their dismal showing though internal crisis has for the better part been carrying their fate.