Mtibwa Sugar SC boasts of new signings

24Sep 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mtibwa Sugar SC boasts of new signings

MOROGORO's Mtibwa Sugar SC assistant coach, Vincent Barnabas, says the signings the club has made for the 2021/22 Mainland Premier League will bring them back to the success they had enjoyed years ago.

Mtibwa Sugar SC's striker, Kelvin Sabato (3rd L), jubilates with teammates when the attacker scored for the outfit in the 2020/21 Mainland Premier League clash against Kinondoni Municipal Council FC, which took place in Dar es Salaam in June, this year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MTIBWA SUGAR

Mtibwa Sugar's recent seasons have not gone well and last season they survived relegation to the Championship.

Barnabas said the registration they made aims at restoring the team's success and making them one of the teams that will competently compete for the Premier League title.

The coach revealed: "We have had a difficult time in the last two seasons, but the leadership has seen that and this season we are coming up with something.''

''Our goal is to get back to the championship race as it was in the past," Barnabas pointed out.

Barnabas, the former Kagera Sugar, and Yanga winger said the quality of registered players, who have great potential and experience in the Mainland Premier League, gives him confidence over the club's ability to perform well.

The team has signed several players this season, as well as roping in others on a loan basis.

The footballers include Abdi Banda from TS Galaxy of South Africa, Ibrahim Ame and Said Ndemla from Simba SC, Isaac Kachwele from Dar es Salaam-based Cambiasso Sports Center, Hassan Kibailo from Coastal Union, and George Chota from Mbeya City FC.

Banda, former Simba SC fullback, is set to inject experience in Mtibwa Sugar, thanks to his professional spell in South Africa.

The towering footballer had, on several occasions, also been selected for the senior national football team.

Chota is a skilful offensive midfielder who was instrumental in Mbeya City FC's ability to hold on to its place in the domestic top-flight in the previous campaign.

Kibailo, a promising overlapping fullback that had a good season with Coastal Union in the 2020/21 Premier League, has replaced Hassan Kessy that has moved to Dar es Salaam's Kinondoni Municipal Council FC.

Central defender, Ame, and defensive midfielder, Ndemla, have joined Mtibwa Sugar SC on loan from Simba SC.

Barnabas said apart from seeking to clinch the top-flight trophy, the registration made by Mtibwa Sugar SC will restore the prestige of the team that has been lost in recent seasons.

Except for Simba SC and Yanga, Mtibwa Sugar SC is an outfit from outside Dar es Salaam to win the Mainland Premier League twice in a row.

The Morogoro side clinched the Premier League's top honour in 1999 and 2000.

The side moreover holds the longest-lasting record in the league, since it first won promotion to the Premier League in 1995.

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