Coach Josiah elated with Biashara United dominance in promotion playoff final

By Nassir Nchimbi , The Guardian
Published at 05:44 AM Jun 14 2024
Biashara United gaffer Aman Josiah.
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Biashara United gaffer Aman Josiah.

AFTER winning 1-0 in the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoff final against Tabora United at Karume Stadium in Musoma, head coach of Biashara United Aman Josiah has lauded his players’ dominance albeit missing clear-cut chances.

Biashara United capitalized on Tabora United’s lack of confidence and took their advantage with a 90+9 minutes goal registered by Herbert Lukindo to seal the first match win.

The Musoma-based side most recently met Tabora United in the Championship last season when the Bees won the reverse fixture en route to promotion, but this time both sides have much more to lose on this occasion.

On Wednesday, Tabora United were under the tutelage of assistant coach Bernard Fabiano after their head coach Masoud Djuma Irambona was suspended.

The Burundian coach has been suspended by the club due to poor results.

The Bees have failed to win any of their 16 Premier League games on the road and will now have to fight hard to break that streak to make the most of their second chance on Sunday.

The two-legged games will be decided on June 16 with both clubs' fate yet to be decided for next season as Biashara United seek a return to the elite while Tabora United try to retain their place in the top flight.

Biashara United have only lost once in 16 home fixtures this season, They have won five of their last 13 home league games, so head coach Josiah was elated after notching a first-leg advantage in front of their fans.

Speaking after the match, Josiah said he was delighted his side dominated the match in both halves and created many chances but failure to score more goals heading into the second leg is a setback for his side.

"In games like this where we are not fighting for three points, it is devastating not to create a huge goal difference gap, although overall I am delighted we played well. We knew they needed a draw as their game plan due to their previous results.

"Heading into the second match, the players have to keep the strong mentality. Winning against a Premier League team is not easy, we have to score an early goal or score first against Tabora on Sunday," he said.

It should be noted that Tabora United are without a win in their last six recent games in all competitions.

"We managed to defend well and play with discipline. With the quality we have, we can win in Tabora. We won today so they missed an opportunity to get a draw, which means they will play more openly in the second leg," said Josiah.

The Biashara United tactician asserted that they need to be clinical against Tabora in the reverse fixture and exploit them as they did against Mbeya Kwanza.

After a late stumble saw them miss out to Pamba for automatic promotion, Biashara United finished third in the final Championship table.

They edged out Mbeya Kwanza in a two-leg playoff affair to earn themselves direct entry into the playoff final.

Biashara United thrashed Mbeya Kwanza on a 4-0 aggregate, after winning 2-0 at their home turf Karume Stadium, in Musoma on May 19 and later replicated the same score line at Nangwanda Sijaona where Mbeya Kwanza played their home games on May 26.

During the Championship that ended with Ken Gold and Pamba receiving automatic promotion, Biashara United ended up in fourth place with 62 points, 19 wins, five draws and, six losses as they scored 60 goals and conceded 21.

Mbeya Kwanza finished in third place with 65 points, 20 wins, five losses, and five draws as they scored 50 goals and 28 goals allowed on the back of their net.