Mbeya City trainer bemoans poor show

26Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Mbeya City trainer bemoans poor show

MBEYA City FC will need to improve their ability to make full use of scoring opportunities if the team is to regain its winning ways in the Mainland premier soccer league, the team’s assistant coach, Mohamed Kijuso, has disclosed.

City went down 2-0 to JKT Ruvu in the match played at the latter’s venue, Mabatini, in Coast Region, on Saturday to see the former concede a second consecutive defeat in the league.

Strikers Atupele Green and Samwel Kamuntu scored the goals to hand JKT Ruvu crucial three points and successfully recover from a 2-1 loss to Stand United in the previous game played at the Kambarage Stadium, on September 18.

City had previously lost 2-1 to Dar es Salaam’s Azam FC at the Sokoine Stadium, in Mbeya on September 10.

The Mbeya side had a series of good opportunities to register goals in either half of the game but the team’s players surprisingly threw overboard the chances.

“We had opportunities to register goals but we failed to make the most of the chances and opponents fully exploited theirs. We will host Mwadui FC in the next game and we will see to it that we win it,” Kijuso said.

He said poor standard of the Mabatini pitch, to some extent, contributed to his team’s dismal showing but, he noted, the situation should not be used as an excuse for the team’s failure to come out with a win.

“We didn’t perform well today. It is my hope we will work on the weaknesses prior to play forthcoming games, ”Kijuso, who also played for the outfit in the past, said.

City turned out to be more adventurous in the first half of the game, in which they made several forays into their opponents’ penalty area, only to be let down by poor finishing.

One of City’s best chances in the half came on the ninth minute when the team’s skipper, Ramadhan Chombo, floated in a good ball, only to see the team’s strikers fail to slot in the ball.
Overlapping left fullback, Hassan Mwasapili, also floated in several good crosses, which were disappointingly not fully utilised by City’s strikers.

JKT Ruvu’s experienced striker, Amos Mgisa, who did not feature in the game, expressed delight in his team’s victory and insisted the outfit will work hard to maintain good results in the next assignments.

The defeat has left City in the eighth spot of the Mainland Premier League standings with seven points from five outings. JKT Ruvu, whose win turned out to be their first this season, are eleventh with five points from as many games,

City are next scheduled to host Mwadui FC at the Sokoine Stadium on October 2 to bring back smiles on the faces of its zealous fans, some of whom have been travelling with the team in almost all away matches.

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