No lo­cal play­ers as for­eign­ers dom­i­nate Golden Boot race

The African - - POT POURRI -

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

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