Ihefu FC set to maintain squad for 2020/21 Premier League      

03Aug 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ihefu FC set to maintain squad for 2020/21 Premier League      

HEAD coach of the newly promoted Premier League outfit, Ihefu FC, Maka Malwisi, has promised to maintain the squad which won the team promotion to the next season's top flight.

Ihefu Football Club

The Mbeya club, which had participated in the 2019/20 First Division League (FDL), won promotion to the top flight after seeing off Premier League squad, Mwanza's Mbao FC, in play offs. 

Speaking in an interview yesterday, Malwisi said he is confident with his squad's competence, insisting he sees no reason for adding many new players in his team.

He noted the current squad fits his playing philosophy and ambitions.

He hailed his players for helping the team earn promotion to the Premier League.

“Firstly, I must thank my players, management of the club and supporters of our club for the job well done, let me tell you that the squad I have is the best and the one which suits my needs, my ambitions and my playing philosophy,'' he disclosed.

''We have been together for a long time and they are the players who understand well what the club wants,” he said.

He said Ihefu FC has players who are ready to withstand the heat in the Mainland Premier League as they will build a strong team capable of avoiding relegation.

The coach, however, said if need arises he will recruit players who meet his needs.

“If there will be a need, I will recruit players who can meet my needs, I'm not a person who will go for either veterans or experienced players, but I will go for a player who suits my playing needs as the aim is to build a strong squad which plays what Ihefu FC wants,” he said.

To qualify for the Mainland Premier League, Ihefu FC edged Mbao FC on away goal rule.

Ihefu FC thrashed the Mwanza side 2-0 in the first leg of the play offs in Mbeya on Wednesday, and in the second leg, the former succumbed to 4-2 loss to the latter at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Saturday.

Mbao FC scored through Waziri Junior, who netted a brace, an own goal by Ihefu FC's Michael Masinda and midfielder Datus Peter while Ihefu FC goals were netted by Joseph Kinyozi and William Mgaya.

In the first leg of the play offs which was played at Highland Estate venue in Mbeya, Ihefu won 2-0 through goals netted by Steven Mwaijala and Mlindi Tangai.