AMID the race to capture the slippery seat that involved all three giants; Simba, Young Africans and Azam, the ninth round of the Premier League has been a pitiful one for goal enthusiasts.
The round witnessed only seven goals being netted in the eight venues, making an ugly average of 0.8 goals per match as opposed to 12 goals netted in the previous round. Goal dry round was again the first single digit score and the first under 10 total score, while on its opposite was the 19-goal festival recorded in league opener.
There were three barren draws in Singida, Njombe and Mtwara venue while there were two 1-1 draws in Iringa and Kagera venues. Simba, Majimaji and Azam are the only teams that recoded victories, but none of them went above the two-goal margin.
The worst as it was, the ninth round started with only four goals netted in six matches played on Friday and Saturday with only two teams accumulating maximum points from their respective matches.
On Sunday, two league venues produced a total of three goals as Simba deservedly outplayed hosts Mbeya City 1-0 at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya to reclaim the helm while at Samora Stadium in Iringa, Lipuli were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Mwadui FC.
Simba who have collected maximum three points from five games this term are tied on 19 points with Azam FC but inferior goal average leaves the Ice-cream makers second on the log as they have netted six goals against 21 goals netted by Simba.
The Msimbazi based giants will remain at the helm until November 18th this year as they seek to grab another three points from their second Southern Zone mission against the fifth-placed Tanzania Prisons who have reaped 14 points from nine games.
Iringa outfit Lipuli, who are among the promising league debutants now sit on seventh position with eleven points from nine matches as their opponents Mwadui are plastered on twelfth post after bagging eight points from the same number of matches.
Goals were hard to come through in three venues over the weekend which contributed much to minimal goals scored in the ninth round. At Namfua Stadium, Singida United who unveiled their new turf on a positive note, they succeeded to get a point after holding champions Young Africans to a scoreless draw.
United, who were promoted to the topflight league this season, could not give the visitors a breathing space and were a side likely to emerge victors from the hostile clash. With the draw, Hans van der Pluijm charges are now on sixth place with fourteen points after winning three games, drawing five and losing a single match.
They have converted six goals so far. Another territory which was goal-dry over the weekend was Nangwanda Sijaona Stadium in Mtwara where Ndanda FC hosted Mtibwa Sugar and the end product was a barren draw.
Similarly, there was no goal at Sabasaba Stadium where Njombe Mji were forced by visiting Mbao to a barren draw. On Friday, Majimaji FC registered their first win of the season after, defeating Stand United 1-0 at their Majimaji home ground. By