SINGIDA United Head Coach Hans van der Pluijm has hailed the quality of the home ground, Namfua Stadium calling it an ideal venue for his team’s sky-high success in the ongoing Premier League.
The upgraded Namfua Stadium hosted premier league match on Saturday with hosts Singida United forcing a barren draw with the defending champions, Young Africans.
He said the stadium is far better than the Dodoma-based Jamhuri Stadium, which served as a temporary base when Namfua Stadium was closed for renovation. He said the reopening of the home ground will be a catalyst of getting positive results for their upcoming mainland league games.
“This Stadium is better than Jamhuri Stadium which we had been using as home ground in our previous matches,” Pluijm said. Commenting on his team’s failure to utilise well the home ground advantage to win, the Dutch tactician said the game was difficult as both teams played cautiously well to get the much needed points.
“Playing against big club like Yanga is not that easy. Our aim was to emerge winners, but that was not fulfilled. Yanga disorganised us at the midfield department hence affecting our initial plans,” he said.
It was the fifth draw for the newly promoted Singida United, with four of them being barren draws, a situation that clearly indicates Singida United are one of the tough contenders for the league title.
Holders Yanga began the game promisingly as they forced the hosts to defend in their big numbers so as to avoid early damage to their goal.
Following series of goal attempts, the visitors made a potential counter attack in 15th minute of the first half when Obrey Chirwa made a positive run into United’s penalty box, but keeper Peter Manyika Jr got the better of Chirwa whose rebound found Geoffrey Mwashiuya but, his left leg strike missed the target at the empty goal.
The Saturday’s match brought the top flight league match to the central Tanzanian region after 15 years of absence.
The tense thriller witnessed both sides missing few goal scoring opportunities with most of them created by the hosts. Singida United dominated at the midfield with Mudathir Yahya and Kenny Ally outshining Pato Ngonyani and Pappy Tshishimbi a situation that denied Yanga dominance.
The midfield duo gave the hosts many scoring opportunities, hence forcing Yanga being defensive in most of the remaining 60 minutes of the game. At the end of the first half, the hosts had registered five shots on target against one by the guests side. At the restart, Singida looked more dangerous to the visitors no wonder they exposed Yanga’s rear department.
And in the 54 minute, the outside net header which went into the net nearly stopped the game for some minutes after United players thought it was a clear goal, but referee Emmanuel Mwandembwa, who was in good control of the game denied it .
Both keepers, Peter Manyika for Singida and Youthe Rostand for Yanga had an equal record prior to the clash. They both allowed four goals behind their net which practically indicate good goalkeeping and solid defensive of the both sides.