MTIBWA Sugar have put themselves in a pole position to stay in the Premier League after a sweet 4-1 first leg win over Transit Camp at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
But Coastal Union who forced a 2-2 draw with Pamba at Nyamagana Stadium in Mwanza, need to win their second match at Mkwakwani Stadium this weekend.
Mtibwa Sugar’s striker Ibrahim Hamadi Hilika proved his worth after netting a hat trick in their hefty victory, where Kelvin Sabato scored the other goal.
At the same time, Prosper Pius netted for Transit their consolation goal. It took nine minutes for Hilika to put Mtibwa Sugar ahead with a firm volley past Transit Camp goalkeeper Hamis Seif.
Kelvin Sabato doubled for Mtibwa Sugar three minutes later when he headed home a rebound.
Transit Camp revived their hopes to secure a spot in the top league after Prosper Pius completed a set piece from his skipper at the 16th minute and gave Transit life.
With a superb touch past Mtibwa goalie Abutwalib Mshery, Prosper was left alone after Mtibwa defenders lost their mark on him.
At Nyamagana Stadium in Mwanza, Coastal were the first to score before Pamba levelled it to make the teams finish the first half 1-1.
Coastal Union took the lead through Abdul Suleiman but Pamba’s James Ambrose equalised it in the 11th minute.
As Mtibwa celebrated their victory in Uhuru Stadium; in another playoff in Nyamagana, Pamba doubled at the 77th minute of the game through Emmanuel Haule, who converted a spot-kick after Coastal Union defender Seif Yona committed a handball.
A minute before the end, Mudathir Abdallah levelled for Coastal Union.