Mtibwa Sugar hosts KMC FC in battle to stay up

By Michael Mwebe , The Guardian
Published at 09:42 AM Apr 16 2024
MTIBWA Sugar’s Players
Photo: Courtsey Of Mtibwa Sugar Fc
MTIBWA Sugar’s Players

MTIBWA Sugar’s mandate is clear as the season is getting to the business end and their next test will be against the top-four chasing Kinondoni Municipal Council FC in the NBC Premier League, at the Manungu Stadium in Morogoro in the afternoon.

After picking up a hard-fought 2-2 draw against fellow relegation-threatened Geita Gold FC in Geita on Friday, Mtibwa Sugar has continued the side's decent run of form in the league, taking points off of Kagera Sugar and Dodoma Jiji FC by holding both teams to goalless draws.

Back-to-back victories against Tanzania Prisons and Singida Fountain Gate FC mean Mtibwa Sugar is now unbeaten in the outfit's previous five league games.

Mtibwa Sugar is still at the bottom of the league and although it seemed as though all hope was lost, they are now four points behind Mashujaa FC who suffered a 2-1 home loss to Coastal Union on the same day.

With a game in hand on three of the four teams above them, there seems to be hope of survival.

However, with only nine games remaining, the importance of securing every possible point becomes paramount.

As for Kinondoni Municipal Council FC, the club’s recent performances have been unpredictable, reflecting a season filled with highs and lows.

Abdihamid Moallin, at the helm of the club’s technical bench, faces the challenge of moulding his youthful squad into a consistent unit.

A win at Manungu Stadium would not only boost their confidence but will see them stay firmly into the top four race as they move fifth and only separated from Coastal Union in fourth position on goal difference.

Kinondoni Municipal Council FC won the last meeting between the two teams in the league 1-0 last season, which could give Minziro's men a good confidence boost ahead of Friday's game.

The biggest threat for the visitors is likely to come from Waziri Junior, who has already scored two goals for Kinondoni Municipal Council FC this season.

In forward Waziri Junior, coach Moallin has one of the best strikers this season to count on in search of victory.

The former Young Africans SC and Azam FC striker has scored 11 goals in 21 league appearances for Kinondoni Municipal Council FC this campaign.

In head-to-head records, the two teams have met in 11 league games since 2018/2019. 

Kinondoni Municipal Council FC have claimed six wins while one game has ended in a draw.

When the two teams met earlier this season, hosts Kinondoni Municipal Council FC won 1-0 thanks to a first strike by Somali attacking midfielder Ibrahim Elias.