KMKM lose key players to VPL outfits   

23Jan 2021
Ismail Tano
The Guardian
KMKM lose key players to VPL outfits   

​​​​​​​ZANZIBAR Premier League's KMKM have suffered a big blow this week after their key players, left fullback Mwinyi Haji and forward Matheo Anthony, had returned to the Mainland Tanzania's Vodacom Premier League (VPL) outfits.

Zanzibar's KMKM soccer team.

Both players served VPL's Yanga when the side was coached by Dutch Hans van der Pluijm nd they enjoyed successful career with the domestic football giants.

Anthony has joined Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC while Haji has joined Ruvu Shooting coached by Charles Boniface Mkwasa.

Suleiman Rajab ‘Kisheta’, KMKM’s assistant secretary, confirmed about the two players' departure saying both completed normal transfer procedures.

He, however, cautioned that Mngwali needs to settle certain legal processes before joining Ruvu Shooting.

“The deal is done with Anthony, but there are several things Mngwali must complete before leaving our club,'' he explained.

Following the departure of the two players, the KMKM official said his club plans to recruit only one defender to fill the void.

He moreover said their target is to recruit a prolific striker, noting presently his squad seem to deliver.

“We are waiting for the mini-transfer window season to start the recruitment,” he said.

KMKM had few years ago, lifted Zanzibar Premier League's top honour and the outfit, according to the official, aims to win again the league title this season.

The side is still on the pilot seat in the tournament having collected 19 points while their closest challengers Mafunzo have so far collected 12 points.

Meanwhile, the ninth round of the Zanzibar Premier League starts tomorrow in various venues in Unguja and Pemba.

The league resumes after a two-week suspension to give a room for Mapinduzi Cup tournament. There are 12 teams in the Isles Premier League.

There league resumption will have three matches. At Mao Zedong Stadium, Black Sailor will play JKU while Amaan Stadium will host a match between Kipanga and Chuoni.

The same day, Malindi will be away in Pemba to face Hard Rock in an encounter to be staged at Gombani Stadium.

Until the league’s suspension, 94 goals were netted in the 44 matches the teams have played so far.

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