No local players as foreigners dominate Golden Boot race
MAINLAND Soccer Premier League 2015/16 season reached its climax last weekend with Yanga retaining the trophy apparently with three games to spare and they did it without even having to take the team to the pitch.
Yanga bitter rivals Simba had the opportunity to delay the celebration but surprisingly lost 0-1 to Mwadui FC and worse in front on their own home fans at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Prior to yesterday’s final games of the season, they were three players, all foreigners, gunning for the Golden Boot award with questions being raised where are the qualities of local strikers infront of goal?
Burundian Amisi Tambwe before yesterday’s game pitting Yanga against Majimaji FC played in Songea, Ruvuma region, was leading the log of premiership top scorers with 21 goals just two ahead of Ugandan Hamis Kiiza who plays for Simba.
Ironically, the two players switched clubs after falling out with their respective leadership hierarchy and have been trying to prove the mistake made by their leaders in dropping them.
Tambwe was the main man for Simba in bagging goals but was unceremoniously kicked out of the team before moving to archrivals Yanga. Likewise, Kiiza was a darling to Yanga fans but was axed prompting him to join Simba.
The two players have been a lively pair to watch scoring goals including even picking match-day balls for having scored hat-tricks.
Closely giving them a run for their money has been Zimbabwean Donald Ngoma who previously played for FC Platinum before joining Yanga. He had scored 17 goals before yesterday’s game.
Ngoma who did not have a good start for his new club when he was sent off for misdemeanour in the opening match of the Kagame Cup against Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, proved why Yanga bought him with clinical finish in the Mainland league.
The manner in which Tambwe, Kiiza and Ngoma have been lethal in front of goals has received praise from JKT Ruvu head coach Abdallah ‘King’ Kibadeni who wondered why local strikers fail to emulate foreign strikers in making sure they capitalise on chances created.
He said the pride of local strikers is seeing the team performing well and not working hard for the team or scoring more goals to win the Golden Boot award.
“A striker should always think about scoring many goals and emerging top scorer season after season but our strikers seem to be happy when the team performs well, and not contend on what they do for the team,” the former Simba striker said in one of his interviews with THE AFRICAN.
Leading the log among the local strikers gagging for Golden Boot award ahead of yesterday’s games was Elius Maguli of Stand United with 14 goals and the little known Jeremiah Juma of Tanzania Prisons who has netted 13 goals.
Perhaps the story would have been different had Maguli been a regular starter in Frenchman Patrick Leiwig’s team. The striker who lost his place at Simba had started promisingly the race for top scorer award only to be dropped in what Leiwig termed as indiscipline.
Commenting on why local strikers have lost the plot in Golden Boot award race, Simba
Kiiza Ngoma Tambwe