KMC FC loses to KMKM in friendly clash

18Nov 2020
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
KMC FC loses to KMKM in friendly clash

​​​​​​​KINONDONI Municipal Council (KMC) FC has stepped up preparations for the Vodacom Premier League (VPL), slated to resume at the end of this week, with the outfit losing 2-1 to KMKM of Zanzibar in a friendly clash played in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC player (L), tumbles after he was tackled by Zanzibar’s KMKM player during a friendly clash, held in Dar es Salaam yesterday. KMKM won 2-1. PHOTO: COURTESY OF KMC FC

Forward Matheo Anthony netted the opener for KMKM, which features in the Isles’ Premier League, on the 12th minute of the friendly clash.

Ilyasa Suleiman Mohammed made it 2-0 for the Zanzibar club on the 20th minute, KMC FC pulled a goal back through Hassan Kapalata on the 37th minute.

The Dar es Salaam-based KMC FC has so far played three friendly matches. They had previously played fellow domestic top flight team, Mbeya City FC, in a clash which ended in a draw.

KMC FC then notched 2-1 win over DTB FC in another friendly.

The friendly games have provided the KMC FC’s technical bench chance to assess the side’s performance and make adjustments to ensure that the squad posts good results in a VPL match against Azam FC slated for November 21.

The KMC FC still has a great potential to do well in the coming VPL duel due to the quality of the team and various adjustments that have been made by the side’s coaches.

In another development, the 2020/21 Zanzibar Premier League is expected to kick off on November 20, with 12 outfits participating in.

The Zanzibar Football Federation Competition Committee Chairman, Ali Mohammed Ameir, told the Guardian that the committee had seen it fit to move the league forward until the league’s board was found.

He said the decision was made jointly by a committee that brought together ZFF officials and the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Isles’ Ministry of Youth, Arts, Culture and Sports, the Registrar of Sports Associations and Clubs, and leaders of the Isles Premier League in a meeting held yesterday.

He said the league would now continue in the third round of the previously announced schedule, but the move would also be based on the decisions of the board's officials.

He stated that once the election of the board members is over, his committee will hand over the management of the league, including the league schedule and competition rules and all matters related to the league, to the board’s officials.

He pointed out that the board will have a choice to either use the schedule or come up with a new one.

KMKM, coached by Ame Msimu, lifted the 2019/20 Zanzibar Federation Cup tournament’s title with victory over Malindi and they lost the title to KVZ in the previous season.

The KMKM are therefore seeking to lay their hands on the tournament’s title this season.