Geita Gold FC parts ways with head coach

25Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Geita Gold FC parts ways with head coach

THIS season's NBC Premier League debutant, Geita Gold FC, has turned out to b the league's first club to part ways with its head coach, offloading Burundian Etienne Ndayiragije just four games at the helm of the team.

Geita Gold FC. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GEITA GOLD FC

A statement issued by the club's Information and Communication Department yesterday said the two parties reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract claiming that the coach had failed to meet agreed-on targets.  

The statement signed by the department's head further disclosed that for now, the team will be under the tutelage of assistant coach, Fred Felix Minziro, until the procedures to get hed coach's successor are complete.

Minziro is the one who led the team to NBC Premier League promotion but he was relegated to the post of assistant coach.

"The club would like to thank coach Ndayiragije for the time he spent with us and for his great contributions until this far as such, we wish him success in his new football responsibilities outside our club," reads part of the statement.

Ndayiragije that had coached the senior national football team has therefore become the first domestic to flight tactician to be sacked in the unfolding season and before the start of the campaign, he was among the list of coaches forecasted to excel at the club.

His last match in charge at Geita Gold FC was a 1-1 draw with Mbeya City FC which took place at Nyankumbu Stadium in Geita last Saturday whereby the hosts came from one goal down to make it level courtesy of George Mpole's 57th-minute goal.

The experienced offensive midfielder went into the score sheet, equalized Mbeya City FC footballer Juma Luizio's 45th-minute strike.

Before this match, the Geita outfit had also recorded a 1-1 draw with Mtibwa Sugar at the same venue.

The side reeled from two back-to-back-away defeats to Yanga (1-0) and Namungo FC (2-0).

It was Geita Gold FC's fourth match of the campaign in which they remain win-less and have just collected two points earned from two draws hence they have started the season on a backpedal.

Soon after the Mbeya City FC duel, some of the supporters were seen booing Ndayiragije as he marched off the pitch to the changing rooms.

It was a gesture that meant the supporters had run out of his trust following consistent poor results.

Geita Gold FC's next league game will fall on November 2, as the outfit comes up against Azam at the latter's venue Azam Complex Dar es Salaam.

Visitors will be chest out ready to fight for their first three points of the season at an unpredictable territory.

At the same time, Azam will be eyeing to maintain their unbeaten home record after defeating Namungo FC 1-0 in their first home match of the season.

Geita Gold FC is making its maiden appearance in the top flight league after they were promoted last season together with their counterparts Mbeya Kwanza FC which is having a fairly good ride so far into the contest.