Giants fail to post back to back wins

29Aug 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Giants fail to post back to back wins

AFTER two rounds of play in the unfolding Mainland premier soccer league, stalwarts Azam and Simba Sports Club have failed to pull back to back wins. The teams remain unbeaten but have each dropped crucial points early on as the season has just kicked off.

Simba fans dejected as their team fails to score past JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. The match ended in barren draw.

Despite boasting new technical staff and players, Simba and Azam have found the going tough as they separately dropped crucial two points during the opening and second round matches, respectively.

While Azam dropped two crucial points on the league’s opening round on August 20 at home to newly promoted African Lyon, Simba settled to a barren draw with new-look JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Azam notched their first victory of the season after wrapping a 3-0 comprehensive victory over visiting Majimaji at their Chamazi base on Saturday.

Simba had trounced visiting Ndanda FC during the opening match on August 20 before JKT Ruvu proved them wrong at their National Stadium base on Saturday.

Simba and Azam have managed to scoop four points and not maximum six out of two matches.

Both Azam and Simba have secured new coaches for the season and have not yet travelled upcountry for away league matches.
While Simba have signed Azam’s former coach Joseph Omog, Azam have in possession of Spaniard Zeben Hernandez.

Besides Azam and Simba, other teams with four points to their collection kit include promoted Ruvu Shooting Stars and Tanzania Prisons.

In Morogoro, Mtibwa Sugar that used to open the season with victory and lead the premiership, this time the tide has been different after losing the opener to Ruvu Shooting, only to win the subsequent fixture against Ndanda FC on Saturday. Mtibwa have a new coach in Salum Mayanga.

Holders Young Africans kicked off their title defence at home to promoted African Lyon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Yanga were spared from the new season opener against JKT Ruvu on August 20 as a result of a CAF Confederation Cup commitment when they travelled to Lubumbashi for their final match against TP Mazembe last Tuesday.

The league continues on the weekend for the third round matches while some few teams including Young Africans will be playing their second matches of the season.