Toto coach delighted after rare win

19Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Toto coach delighted after rare win

TOTO Africans’ victory over Simba has proved the former has what it takes to perform well and maintain its place in the Mainland premier soccer league, coach, John Tegete, has said.

A well-taken first half goal by striker, Waziri Junior, separated the two sides in the game played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday and helped Toto silence a handful of Simba fans who turned out to watch the game.

Tegete also expressed delight in his team’s win and insisted that all teams in the Mainland Premier League are equal in terms of competence.

Toto were impressive in the game, in which the team managed to make several dangerous forays into Simba’s penalty area in either half to keep the latter’s defense under pressure.

Simba’s assistant coach, Adam Abdallah, who was visibly frustrated by the defeat, said the team is now focusing on the next game against Azam FC at the same venue on May 1.

Simba’s two-man striking force of Ugandan Hamisi Kiiza and Daniel Lyanga was not as effective as expected in the first half and there was still little the team’s forward line could do in the second half, despite the team’ s technical bench having decided to bring in another striker, Ibrahim Ajibu.

Ajibu who replaced midfielder, Peter Mwalyanzi, managed to showcase flashes of his dribbling skills but failed to properly coordinate with Kiiza and Lyanga.
Toto could have come out with a bigger win had the team’s strikers fully exploit a series of good chances they had particularly in the first half.

The win has slightly improved Toto Africans’ positioning in the league, in which the team is now at 11th position with 30 points in 27 outings.

The Mwanza side is lately one of five outfits that have played more games than the rest of the teams in the league. Other teams are Tanga’s Coastal Union and African Sports, Kagera Sugar and Mtwara’s Ndanda FC.

Toto are next expected to host the current league leaders, Yanga, who are also the league’s defending champions, at the CCM Kirumba Stadium on April 30.
Victory over Yanga will not only boost the Mwanza side’s plan to finish in a much better position in the league’s standings but also frustrate the former’s attempt to inch closer to a successful title defense.

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