Coach Nabi bemoans pitch quality for Yanga's draw with Namungo FC  

22Nov 2021
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Coach Nabi bemoans pitch quality for Yanga's draw with Namungo FC  

YANGA head coach Nasreddine Nabi has revealed that he was unhappy with the quality of the pitch during Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 stalemate with Namungo FC in their sixth game of 2021/22 NBC Premier League campaign.

Yanga winger, Ducapel Moloko (L), challenges Namungo FC fullback, Emmanuel Charles, as the clubs faced off in this season's NBC Premier League tie, which took place at Ilulu Stadium in Lindi on Saturday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

The Tunisian gaffer felt his charges did not cope with the playing surface at Ilulu Stadium, which resulted in unnecessary long balls that benefited the hosts who were more familiar with their temporary home ground.

Nabi stressed that his players were unable to control the ball on the surface, limiting their ability to make accurate final passes to carve out chances.

Namungo FC is using Ilulu Stadium because of renovations at their home ground, Majaliwa stadium.

Speaking after the game, Nabi admitted though Namungo FC played well his charges could not do much with the ball due to the playing surface of Ilulu Stadium.

“Congratulations to Namungo FC for the good results. Sincerely, Yanga can't play football on this pitch.''

''It is not that we are different but the pitch has been a challenge for us. However, it is not just the poor pitch, Namungo FC pushed us and played well.”

“This is a game where tactics don’t work, you just play to cope with the pitch. Such playing surfaces limit the ability to make accurate short passes.”

It was a cagey affair, other than glaring misses by Shiza Kichuya and Lucas Kikoti in either half of the game, real chances were few and far between.

Former Yanga striker, Obrey Chirwa, opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half before midfielder, Said Ntibazonkiza, drew level for the visitors through a spot-kick that was awarded by the referee, Abel William.

It was the first time Yanga dropped points this season. They are on top of the table, two points clear of second-placed Simba SC with both sides having played six games.

Yanga will thereafter travel to Mbeya to play newly promoted Mbeya Kwanza FC in their next league assignment.