Namungo out to bring Mashujaa back down to earth



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Namungo will go in search of their first NBC Premier League win of the season when they take on high-flying Mashujaa at the Majaliwa Stadium this evening.

Having recorded two defeats and one loss so far, Namungo find themselves in the relegation zone after three rounds of matches.

Failure to win could leave  head coach Cedric Kaze  in a position where he is under fierce pressure to retain his job, with supporters wary of falling deeper into trouble.

Yet another defeat would leave them at risk of being cut adrift of their top four rivals even at this early stage. They have only scored a single goal which is something Kaze will want to see change.

Form at Majaliwa Stadium is something Kaze will be keen to address as they have only won one of their last seven top-flight games in front of their own supporters, losing three including their opening match this season.

After making five changes ,  Kaze is expected to keep to a similar side that began against Young Africans, with goalkeeper Deogratius Munishi set to be protected by a back four of Hashim Manyanya, Erasto Nyoni, Derrick Mukombozi and Emmanuel Charles. Frank Domayo could continue in centre-midfield alongside either Pius Buswita or Jacob Massawe.

At the opposite end of the table, Mashujaa occupy fourth place thanks to a run of two victories and one draw  in three outings, meaning they sit two points shy of leaders Young Africans, Simba and Azam. 

It is fair to say that Mashujaa have made an impressive start to life under Mohamed Abdallah ‘Baresi’. They have defeated Ihefu and Kagera Sugar plus picked up a point in a 0-0 draw with Geita Gold.

They are the early frontrunners in the top race. In fact, Mashujaa find themselves once again in a position to reclaim the top seat. With Young Africans and Simba occupied by continental engagements and Azam playing on Sunday, the newly promoted can leapfrog the top three if they manage to beat Namungo.

However, they have picked all their seven points at the comfort of their backyard. This will be their first test on the road.

There could still be scope for a couple of changes, though coach Abdallah will likely trust the core of regulars who have done the job for him so far. The backline of Omary Kindamba,  Michael Masinda, Baraka Mtuwi and Machemba Mganda is yet to concede a goal.

In midfield, Shaban Mgandila, Abulnassir Mohamed, Lucas Deo and Said Juma have largely been impressive while Adam Omar Adam and Karega Wazanga have provided the goals in attack.

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