Namungo FC eager for successful stint in 2019/2020 Premier League 

26Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Namungo FC eager for successful stint in 2019/2020 Premier League 

LINDI’s Namungo FC has expressed determination to put impressive showing in the next season’s Premier League after excelling in this year’s First Division League (FDL).

Namungo Football Club's players in group photo as they prepare to face Mawenzi FC in the First Division (FDL) duel in Morogoro last weekend. PHOTO: MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

The squad won promotion to the Premier League, thanks to a 2-1 win over Morogoro’s Mawenzi FC in Group A’s game of the FDL which was played at the Jamhuri Stadium last weekend.

Namungo FC now leads Group A of the FDL with 43 points from 20 games, having won 12, concede one loss and post draw in seven.

They have two matches to play, as they will lock horns with Ashanti United of Dar es Salaam and Kiluvya FC of Coast Region. 

Namungo FC assistant coach, Bakari Malima, aka Jembe Ulaya, said his squad will first give its all to maintain its place in the 2019/2020 season and then battle for the top three spots in the next season.

"It will take time for our club to get used to competitiveness in the Premier League, I hope we will face the challenges and perform well in the league," he said.

Namungo FC went 1-0 up on the 31st minute of the match against Mawenzi FC following a strike by Abeid Athuman.

The Lindi club’s dependable goal getter got the better of Mawenzi FC defenders within the latter’s area and easily beat keeper.

Athuman’s striking partner, Reliants Lusajo, netted the second for the squad on the 43rd minute to help the squad stay 2-0 up at the end of the stanza.

Forward Often Chikola helped Mawenzi FC reduce the margin, as he found Namugo FC’s back of the net 10 minutes into the second stanza.

Ruangwa District Commissioner, Hashim Mgandilwa, one of Namungo FC enthusiastic fans, noted the district’s residents will, for the first time, be enjoying the domestic top fling competition at the Majaliwa Stadium.

"Ruangwa District is committed to empowering youths via creating job opportunities in soccer and such other sectors like agriculture,” he said.

In another development, junior soccer leagues for U-17 and U-15 players are taking place at the district level all over the country, TFF has disclosed.

The federation noted in a statement it has opted for introduction of the tournaments in an effort to invest in junior soccer development.

The district junior tournaments, the federation noted, have been scheduled to end at the end of this month and will be followed by regional leagues next month.

The junior tournaments have, at the national level, been slated for June.