Mingange watched haplessly on as his charges conceded a second half goal following a lapse in defense concentration that allowed Kelvin Kayongo to head home the all-important goal to condemn Ndanda FC to their tenth loss of the season.
Ndanda have one win in their opening 17 league matches and Mingange, former Azam FC and Mbeya City FC coach, sensed a lack of confidence and maturity among his players.
“As I have said previously, this team has many youngsters who are not used to pressure especially in a must-win game like this one. The officiating is questionable, it can lead to some a not so smart player making stupid decision,” Mingange told reporters after the match.
“We have lost and we now have to plan for future games, we will sign new players and hopefully we will do well.”
Defeat to Mbeya City has heaped pressure on coach Mingange, who is yet to deliver a league victory since his appointment in late November. Ndanda are now rock bottom of the 20-team league’s log.
On the other hand, Mbeya City head coach Amri Said believes a tactical tweak in the second half got them maximum points.
“Ndanda parked the bus, they had seven players in their own half, we had to run them down. We made substitutions by introducing a second striker who secured us the winning goal,” he said.
Four teams get relegated automatically at the end of the season, while the two teams just above them goes into a two-leg playoff against the teams that finished second in each of the two First Division League groups.