Ihefu SC to fight for spot in next season's top flight

10Jul 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ihefu SC to fight for spot in next season's top flight

MBEYA's Ihefu SC has disclosed it is preparing well for the team's next week's Vodacom Premier League encounters against Yanga and Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium to be played in Dar es Salaam.

Ihefu SC's head coach, Zubeir Katwila.

Ihefu SC's head coach, Zubeir Katwila, said his charges are preparing well for the two encounters that he described as very crucial to their Premier League survival.

Ihefu SC currently sits 15th with 35 points from 32 games, they will face Yanga on Wednesday and four days later play KMC FC.

"It is very difficult and tough assignment, the two games will define our destiny in the league. We are preparing well for the two games, our aim is to win both matches," he said.

He said his charges has vowed to win the Yanga match as the win will help instil confidence in his players ahead of the KMC FC match.

"At this stage every match is important to us, we need to win our game against Yanga on Wednesday as that will ease the pressure. It will also mean that we can do well against KMC FC,'' he said.

But the Ihefu SC will have to be at their best as they will face Yanga, which comes from a 1-0 win against their age-old rivals Simba SC .

In the first round game played at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya, Yanga cruised to a 3-0 victory over Ihefu SC courtesy of Deus Kaseke, Yacouba Songne and Feisal Salum goals.

However, Katwila said this time it is a different scenario, insisting that Ihefu SC is geared to fight to win.

Yanga's head coach Nassredine Nabi said his team is well prepared to win all of its remaining games.

He also disclosed that he is impressed by the way his charges are adapting to his playing philosophy and tactics.

"The games ahead of us are very difficult, but I'm happy that my charges are adapting well to my instructions," he said.

Nabi also disclosed that next season Yanga will be much stronger than this season.

"We are in the process of building a team which will do much better next season, it will be a team which can compete well in both local and international events," he said.

The club has completed signing of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) player, Shabani Djuma, on a two-year deal.

The side is further linked to a move to have signs of Lazarus Kambole, Marcel Ngimbi, Dickson Ambundo, Bryson Raphael, Denis Kibu, Abubaker Nassir, Anthony Akumu and Heritier Makambo.

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