The two teams will meet in the match slated to take place at the Sokoine Stadium on Saturday.
The Mbeya City’s assistant coach, Mohamed Kijuso, disclosed his team has started preparations for the match after having secured a place in the round of 16 of the Azam Sports Federation Cup with victory over Kabela City FC of Shinyanga.
City cruised to a 2-0 win over the Shinyanga team in the game that took place at the same venue on Tuesday.
According to Kijuso, his team’s preparations for the match against Prisons are going on smoothly and all of City’s players are in great shape.
City, the coach said, are now addressing weaknesses showcased in the game against Kabela City with a view to getting good results against Prisons.
“We thank God we got good results in the Federation Cup match, despite the game having been tough,” Kijuso said.
“We are now addressing all weaknesses we showcased in the game. This is part of our preparations for the forthcoming game.”
“According to our team’s doctor, all players are in great shape. I respect Prisons, they are a tough team, you cannot underrate them and it is obvious the Saturday match will be tough.”
Kijuso revealed City are target to see to it that they secure one of the top four positions in the Mainland Premier League at the end of the season.
He said he has, on several occasions, been adamant that City are keen on finishing in the top four positions in the league.
“We will achieve the feat, given we are in a good position. I have faith in my players as they are in great form,” Kijuso said.
“I request our fans to support us zealously, as it was the case in our previous matches.”
Kijuso stopped short of commenting on criticism that the league’s referees face for their failure to properly act on the sport’s rules.
He said referees, as it is the case for other human beings, can make mistakes and he, thus, called on the officials to address their mistakes once they face criticism.
Mbeya City have been positioned sixth in the league after winning six matches, registering draw in nine games and suffering loss in six matches to post 27 points.
They are two places above Prisons, who have won five matches, managed draw in eight matches and conceding loss in six to stay with 23 points.