VPL offers excitement despite Simba, Yanga absence

13Jan 2020
The Guardian
VPL offers excitement despite Simba, Yanga absence

THE big boys, Azam FC, Young Africans (Yanga) and Simba SC were out of Vodacom Premier League (VPL) action last weekend but there were still more than enough matches to provide talking points.

Kagera Sugar players take part in drills in Bukoba recently to prepare for the Vodacom Premier League matches. PHOTO; COURTESY OF KAGERA SUGAR

Here we look at the VPL match day 17 talking points in five matches played on Saturday in different venues across the country.

Ndanda FC lost again over the weekend. This time by a solitary goal to Mbeya City FC.

Ndanda FC have lost nine of their last 10 league. If they were not worried before, this may be the right time to fret.

The appointment of head coach Abdul Mingange has so far failed to yield results. Mingange has picked one point from a possible 15 points.

They are now bottom of the VPL table with nine points, the latest defeat leaving them a point behind Singida United. The Mtwara squad are the only team yet to register an away victory in this season’s campaign.

With 21 games to play it is still possible for them to salvage their season, but time is running out and with four teams directly relegated, a few more losses could prove disastrous.

Biashara United hired Kenyan coach Francis Baraza on November 18 last year in the hopes that he could plug the holes of their sinking ship.

Biashara United began the season in relegation type form. They lost four of their opening five matches.

The Mara outfit’s irate fans could not take it and forced the exit of head coach Amri Said who had helped them escape relegation last season.

On Saturday they ended high flying Coastal Union’s six-match winning streak with a hard fought 1-1 away draw that prompted angry reactions from the home team fans who thought three points were in the bag before the last whistle.

Baraza has picked up nine points from possible 18 points from his first six games in charge, his only loss came in the top flight competition’s game against Yanga.

They are only three points safe from a direct relegation spot but Baraza may have steered the ship around.

Kagera Sugar last won a league match on November 22 last year, defeating Lipuli FC 2-1.

Since then they have registered five losses and one draw, and are now eighth in the log.

On Saturday, Kagera suffered another loss, this time at the hands of Police Tanzania.

That was the third consecutive loss. Head coach Mecky Mexime has a lot of work on his hands or else he will soon be looking over his shoulder from the hovering relegation axe like last season.

Kagera Sugar’s next league assignment is against Yanga who are on an unbeaten run in their last 11 matches.

Yanga will also have the luxury of playing at home under their new head coach, Belgian Luc Eymael.

While Coastal Union are hogging the headlines for winning five league games in a row, there is another team quietly going about their business, raking in points. Namungo have only lost one in their last five games.

They are well placed for a top eight finish in their top flight debut season, but may even want to challenge for a top five place, considering it is only one point away from them.

And with their experienced forward, Reliant Lusajo, having found his goal scoring boots, anything is possible.

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