Mtibwa Sugar head coach lauds players for maintaining spot in Premier

26Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Mtibwa Sugar head coach lauds players for maintaining spot in Premier

MOROGORO's Mtibwa Sugar head coach, Mohammed Badru, has disclosed he is happy that he has helped his team remain in the Mainland Premier League.

Mtibwa Sugar's striker, Salum Kihimbwa (L), dribbles past Dar es Salaam's Transit Camp FC player when the sides met in the Premier League's promotion/relegation playoffs' clash, which took place at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro last weekend.PHOTO: COURTESY OF MTIBWA SUGAR

Mtibwa Sugar on Saturday lost 1-0 to Dar es Salaam's Transit Camp FC in the Premier League's promotion/relegation play-offs second leg clash, played in Morogoro.

Much as they crashed to defeat in the last weekend tie, Mtibwa Sugar made certain of their presence in the next season's Mainland Premier League due to commanding a 4-2 goal aggregate victory.

In the first leg match, played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam last week, Transit Camp FC conceded a 4-1 loss to Mtibwa Sugar.

Mtibwa Sugar had hired Badru, the former Gwambina FC head coach, on an undisclosed contract with the sole aim of avoiding relegation.

The coach, who hails from Zanzibar, proved his worth once he joined the Morogoro-based outfit, given he performed his duty to perfection.

He found Mtibwa Sugar in a serious relegation battle, the gaffer now stands tall, boasting of turning out to be one of the local coaches who have helped home clubs avoid relegation.

In a monitored post-match interview, the gaffer said: “This was my last game. I have done my job, they hired me to help the team fight relegation, I have done it," he said.

On whether he will remain with the team, Badru said coaching is his job and he is ready to coach anywhere.

"As a professional football coach, I'm ready to coach any time. What matters most is the agreement and targeted goals agreed by both sides," he said.

Mtibwa Sugar officials and the club's information officer, Thobias Kifaru, could not be reached when we wanted to know if they have a long-term contract with the coach.

However, in a previous interview, Kifaru said coach Badru was hired on a long term as he is experienced in youth football.

Kifaru said coach Badru will be working closely with the side's youth team head coach, Awadh Issa.

Transit Camp FC head coach, Sijovelwa Tandika, hailed his charges for playing according to his instructions.

Tandika, nevertheless, blamed the team's failure to qualify for the Premier League on the lack of experience by his players.

He praised Mtibwa Sugar for remaining in the Premier League.

"Today we played well and I thank my players for playing according to instructions. I think we have failed to qualify due to lack of experience, but all in all Mtibwa Sugar is one of the best teams in the land, it's among the top five teams," he said.

Premier League sides Mtibwa Sugar and Coastal Union played playoffs against Transit Camp FC and Pamba SC respectively.

The two top-flight sides went on to avoid relegation, as Coastal Union won 5-3 against Pamba SC on aggregate.

Speaking after the Coastal Union vs Pamba SC tie, which took place in Tanga, Pamba SC head coach, Ulimboka Mwakingwe, blamed the tie's referee Raphael Kambi for poor officiating.

Coastal Union was controversially awarded two penalties in the 29th minute and 42nd minute of the game. Both spot kicks were taken by striker Abdul Suleiman.

The first was converted while the second was saved by Pamba SC keeper, Samwel Simon.

"We have lost, but the referee made some mistakes which cost us, we will go back home and have some postmortem to see how we have failed to qualify for Premier League," he said.

His counterpart, Juma Mgunda, attributed the Saturday victory to the unity of purpose shown by Tanga's people, the tactician asked them to maintain the unity.

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