February 25, 2024

Yanga’s Miguel Gamondi hits out at Kagera Sugar for time wasting


Head coach Miguel Gamondi

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Young Africans head coach Miguel Gamondi  criticised Kagera Sugar for their negative tactics and labelled Fred Minziro’s side as playing old school football as the NBC Premier League holders were held to a frustrating goalless draw on Friday.

Gamondi’s men had the chance to topple Azam with a win, but failed to make their dominance count. Azam remain top of the NBC Premier League table on goal difference albeit having played one more game than Young Africans.

Kennedy Musonda of Young Africans trying to go past Deus Bukenya of Kagera Sugar during the NBC Premier League match between Kagera Sugar and Young Africans at Kaitaba Stadium on February 02, 2024 in Kagera, Tanzania. (Photo by/YASC)

The biggest flashpoints of a fiery game saw Kagera Sugar goal controversially ruled for offside in the first half while there were ten minutes of added time in the second half.

“In the first half we did not do enough to score. We created only one or two chances. They could have scored in two counter attacks. However in the second half we played much better. We created opportunities but not enough to win.”

The former Wydad and Mamelodi Sundowns coach was unhappy with some aspects of Kagera’s play in a game that saw referee Ally Simba issue four yellow cards in the last ten minutes.

“We paid for the lack of competitive games. A lot of players like Khalid Aucho, Max Nzegeli did not play competitive games for a long time. Unluckily the last fifteen minutes weren’t a football game, the other team went down on every ball. I think it is not good even for Tanzanian football to give an image like that.”

“Play football. It is fairplay. You can win, lose but do fairplay. This is old school football. What can I do? The referee was okay. I am not complaining about the referee, he only allowed this type of wasting time. It is bad for football.”

“We clearly did not deserve to win. We did not play like we wanted to play as champions. We need to correct the mistakes and wait for the next game.”

Gamondi and his charges have another chance to reclaim top spot from Azam when they host Dodoma Jiji at Chamazi Complex on Monday evening in another rescheduled NBC Premier League game.

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