Mtibwa Sugar still fighting for Kanda's eligibility for Premier League

20May 2022
Ismail Tano
The Guardian
Mtibwa Sugar still fighting for Kanda's eligibility for Premier League

​​​​​​​MTIBWA Sugar's management continues to fight for permits that will allow DR Congo striker, Deo Kanda, to join his teammates in the remaining games of this season's NBC Premier League.

Mtibwa Sugar FC information officer, Thobias Kifaru.

Mtibwa Sugar's Head of Information and Communication Department, Thobias Kifaru, outlined the strategy they have set up to make sure the attacker is cleared to turn out for the side.

Kifaru said the Mtibwa Sugar lawyer is handling Kanda's issue by following it up at the Tanzania Football Federation, which has the mandate to authorize a player to either play or not play in local leagues.

The official disclosed: "Kanda is in Dar es Salaam alongside Mtibwa Sugar's lawyer, they are monitoring the TFF permit issue, we believe things will go well and he will start to be seen with our squad before the end of this season."

"We have seen that our lawyer should go to TFF to discuss Kanda's case so that it can be resolved because it has taken so long."

"The player knows his responsibilities, since joining us he has showcased his prowess in practice, he has great discipline and he has shown a sincere desire to help Mtibwa Sugar."

Kifaru revealed: "I believe when his case is finalized and he will start playing for Mtibwa Sugar squad, we will see a lot from him, we are continuing to fight to help him achieve his goals."

Kanda had earlier played for Simba SC in the Mainland Premier League in the 2018/19 season before returning to his native DR Congo and joining TP Mazembe.

Meanwhile, Simba SC skipper John Bocco has admitted his outfit has endured a difficult spell this season after managing a 1-1 draw with Azam FC in an NBC Premier League that took place in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Simba SC which has held the Premier League title for four consecutive seasons confronted Azam FC at the Azam Complex Stadium, forcing the draw.

A goal scored by Bocco a few minutes after Azam FC had taken the lead through Zambian striker, Rodgers Kola, had Simba SC settling for the draw.

Bocco said earlier this season they had set a goal to continue defending the Premier League trophy, but so far it has turned out to be a difficult task due to their unsatisfactory performance.

However, the striker, who was the 2020/21 Premier League leading goal scorer, said they will continue to fight to the end to help Simba SC do well.

The outfit is still sitting second in the top-flight standings, trailing league leader, Yanga, by 10 points.

"Before this season started we set ourselves the goal of continuing to hold on to our trophy but things have been different so far, we will nevertheless keep on fighting because the season is not over," he said.

Bocco stated: "Prospects of defending the Premier League top honour have certainly faded, but we are still chasing our title in Azam Sports Federation Cup so we can defend it, so we will fight hard to see what we can get this season."

"We believe we will finish the season well, while we were not the best in the league, we expect a lot in  Federation Cup because there is a chance to do something,'' the towering goal-getter disclosed.

Simba SC will play the Azam Sports Federation Cup semi-final against Yanga at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on May 28.

Azam FC is expected to face Coastal Union in the showdown's other semi-final at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha on May 29.

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