This year’s event, he said, has witnessed plenty of challenges, which include failure by TFF to present participating teams with exact amount of travel allowance, and the federation should therefore meet sponsors to work on the flaws.
Mbuga FC lost 3-1 to Coast Region’s Stand Bagamoyo in the third round’s game of the tournament played at the latter’s venue, Mabatini, on Saturday. Stand have, thus, progressed to the fourth round.
The Mbuga team coach said TFF, for instance, failed to present the complete amount of cash to meet his team’s travelling cost. His team, he said, spent about 1.2m/- for travelling from Mtwara to Coast Region but TFF presented the team with less than the mentioned sum.
“The arrangement of the fixture wasn’t good right from the first round of the event. In our trip to Dar es Salaamto face Makumbusho in the first round of the event, we left Mtwara at 8pm and made our way to the city at 8am…we then took on our opponents later in the evening and that was a challenge for us,” he said.
Fadhil Ally netted a brace and Mark Momo rammed in the third for Stand Bagamoyo. Ajili Selemani registered the visitors’ only goal shortly before the breather.
Mbuga’s performance in the Saturday game, as noted by Mohamed, was below par and the opponents had an edge over his team.
His team, he said, put scintillating showing in the previous two games of the tournament but disappointingly failed to replicate the displays against Stand.
He said his team is now focusing on excelling in the third division league, currently played at the regional level, and will address the weaknesses showcased in the Azam Sports Federation Cup in a bid to live up to expectations
“Our team is young, I will train the boys well and I believe they will be in great shape before the start of the league. We beat Makumbusho and Muheza of Tanga to progress to the third round of the Azam Sports Federation Cup and that proves we have what it takes to excel in the third division league,” he said.
“There are several weaknesses that have cost us dearly in the Azam Sports Federation Cup and we will address them with a view to performing well in the coming assignments.”
Three more games in the Azam Sports Federation Cup’s third round took place the same day, in which Mulusagamba of Kagera hosted Baruti of Mara at the Kaitaba Stadium, Mtwivila of Iringa entertained Jangwani of Rukwa and Stand Misuna of Singa played Kabela City of Shinyanga at the former’s venue, Namfua Stadium.
The game’s winners join the national Second Division League’s 24 teams to lock horns in the fourth and fifth rounds of the tournament.
This year’s Azam Sports Federation Cup, which kicked off on November 19, has brought together 86 teams from different divisions.
They include 16 Mainland Premier League outfits, 24 teams from the national First Division League, as many teams from the national Second Division League and 22 Regional Champions League’s outfits.