Coastal Union coach cautions league teams

13Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Coastal Union coach cautions league teams

COASTAL Union’s coach, Ally Jangalu, has warned the Mainland premier league’s teams not to underrate his team because of the squad’s unimpressive spell in the league.

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Coastal Union, against all odds, grabbed a shocking 2-1 win over Simba in the quarterfinal game of the Azam Sports Federation Cup played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday to progress to the event’s semi-final berth.

“The Mainland league is now extremely competitive…our team has what it takes to get the better of opponents,” he said.
Coastal Union have posted 19 points from 26 matches, winning four, losing 15 and managing draw in the remaining games to stay at the bottom of the 16-team league’s standings.

The former Pan African striker Jangalu, also said his team went into the Monday’s game against Simba with determination that they should come out victorious.

Much as his team had the last laugh in the game, Jangalu complained of what he termed as unfair officiating of the game particularly by the first assistant referee, Hassan Zani from Arusha.

“From the first minute of the game, we complained of unfair officiating by the first assistant referee. Simba’s equaliser, for instance, was scored in an offside position,” he said.He also blamed his striker, Ally Ahmed ‘Shiboli’ for throwing overboard several good scoring opportunities.

Shiboli had replaced Said Jeilan early in the second half and the former went on to partner Juma Mahadhi upfront.
Jangalu, moreover, called on tournament sponsors Azam Television, to see to it that all matches are telecast live with a view to assess performance of the match officials in the games.

The game could have turned into a high scoring affair given both teams had several opportunities in either half but failed to make the most of the chances.

With exception of a few defensive mistakes, Coastal Union were impressive in both first and second halves, with the team attacking and defending with plenty of zeal.

The team’s striker, Mahadhi, was a constant menace to Simba’s defence, making full use of his pace and dribbling skills to give the latter a torrid moment.

Despite having been found wanting on finishing, Shiboli was equally a threat to Simba defenders.
The former Simba and African Sports striker made full use of his height and strength to trouble Simba defenders, Novatus Lufunga and Hassan Isihaka.

With Simba now having been knocked out of the Federation Cup, the team’s focus will, therefore, be on the Mainland premier league’s top honour.

Coastal Union has joined Mwadui FC, Yanga and Azam FC in the last four stage of the Cup, with the draw for the semi-final games having been held in the city yesterday.

Mwadui FC trounced Geita Gold 3-0 in the quarterfinal game, whereas Azam FC and Yanga beat Prisons and Ndanda FC 3-1 and 2-1, respectively in the stage’s remaining games.The tournament’s champions are expected to represent the country in the next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.