It was hardly plain sailing for the winners in the game as they were forced to fully deploy their experience to contain Far Stars, who kept the former under pressure with enterprising displays.
Experienced goal scorer, Elias Samala, hit the opener for TPDF in the first few minutes of the game, completing a good move by his team mates.
Dar Stars had a glorious opportunity to cancel out their opponents’ lead but the former failed to finish a well-worked move by the team’s dependable goal scorer, Sultan Kondo.
Dar Stars were eventually punished for their profligacy as TPDF added two more goals in quick succession through Said Mbele and Amos Ngambala to take a 3-0 lead at the breather.
Dar Stars then staged a spirited fight back to reduce the deficit through Prince Gustavo and the goal looked to have boosted their resolve as they kept on pressing for more goals.
Kondo then scored the second for Dar Stars, drilling the ball in off a good pass by a team mate to set up a nervy finish, as TPDF were forced to opt for solid defending to ensure they come out victorious.
Dar Stars, in the process, failed to revenge for a 2-1 defeat to the same opponents in the Olympic Day’s tournament played at the venue on June 19.
In Saturday’s other matches in the men’s category played earlier, Dar Stars made short work of Juhudi A, cruising to a 10-2 rout of the latter.
Salum Mkude scored four goals, Kondo netted three and the rest were scored by Abdul-Aziz Hamis (two) and Eliezer Jeremiah (one).
Juhudi A then regrouped to register a 2-1 win over Nia Njema Bagamoyo, in which Augustine Francis and Ramadhan Abdallah scored for the former, whereas Musa Juma scored what turned out to be a consolation for the latter.
Kondo, who also coaches Juhudi A, said the team has so far fared well in the tournament and it has what it takes to excel.
“Dar Stars had registered the resounding win over Juhudi A in the first game because the latter missed some of their dependable players,” Kondo said.
The men’s category’s other game played the same day saw Kigamboni B trounce Makongo A 4-1, in which Jeremiah bagged a hat-trick and Abdul Rajab scored the other for the winners.
University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) team succumbed to a 4-2 loss at the hands of Dar es Salaam Institute (DI). The day’s women category matches ended with Makongo walloping Nia Njema Bagamoyo A 6-0, whereas Twende B commanded a 9-1 mauling of Nia Njema Bagamoyo B.
Latifa Khaji drilled in four goals and Sophia Saguti netted the other two goals for Makongo. Nurath Abdul netted six goals, Fransisca Mwita scored two and Hadija Mohamed netted the other for Twende B in the team’s emphatic win over Nia Njema Bagamoyo B.