THE flying start of the 2021/22 Premier League season as well depicts a tough going for all teams and the football fraternity expects many surprise packages along the way.
Though the title sponsor is yet to be brought on board, so far all the opening fixtures have successfully been played with competing teams arriving at their destined venues timely to accomplish their mission something which shows the maturity in teams and the league itself.
The level of competition among all the 16-teams trading in the league was thrilling to watch in their opening fixtures of the campaign and there is no doubt most of them will double their efforts in the second round of the league today.
Having a positive step in the opening stages of the campaign is always very important as it helps to build confidence among players to continue working hard in the upcoming matches for the sake of awarding their respective sides vital three points.
On the other hand, if a team starts on a back pedal, it demands immediate reaction in the second encounter to cool down pressure from members and fans who always want to see good results from their teams.
As such, each team will therefore be compelled to play a total of 30 matches before wrapping up the season, this means 15 home and 15 away games hence; proper calculations are needed to make sure that they get the most of the fixtures.
This is not the time to build teams but rather to fight for the maximum three points which are on the stand-by waiting to be grabbed by any winning team at the end of 90 minutes of play.
It was good to see debutants Mbeya Kwanza making a big mark on their opening day of the season making two historic moments which will help them to stay focused as the league momentum keeps on gathering pace.
One of such moment was the fact that they became the first team to collect maximum three points after producing a convincing 1-0 win over one of the country’s big clubs; Mtibwa Sugar.
The second record they stamped was producing the first player to be listed at the season’s scoreboard known as William Edgar whose name has already been put in history books for achieving that mark.
All these, in one way or the other, will assist Mbeya Kwanza to approach their next encounter against their brothers Mbeya City on Sunday with a lot of confidence knowing in advance that they have another opportunity to maintain 100 per cent start of the season.
However, their fellow debutants; Geita Gold are yet to withstand the top flight league pressure after losing their opening game 2-0 to Namungo at Ilulu Stadium in Lindi on Monday.
Their coach Ettiene Ndayiragije, despite the downfall, has remained optimistic that his charges will soon get used to the Premier League rhythm and begin to show what they are capable of doing.
They have a major real test of the league when they play Young Africans tomorrow as they search to pocket their first win which will help them to begin splinting with confidence.
However, many teams which were in the league last season have opened the season on top gear even though some of them continue to struggle to showcase a Premier League worth performance that can make them catch attention of many people.
This is still a setback for many teams out there and it is accompanied by the presence of poor football infrastructures which makes it difficult for people to witness beautiful flow of the ball on the pitch.
Despite government scrapping Value Added Tax (VAT) on artificial grass, most league hosting venues remain in their poor status just like in the past seasons thereby making the beautiful game unfold at unfriendly premises.
This should be taken seriously by the responsible authorities and they should ensure that playing arenas are always in a playable state to go along with the massive television broadcasting rights invested by Azam Media Limited.
Yes, until the day when all league hosting venues will have modern playing fields which allow the ball to roll easily and passes reach intended targets without interference with the nature of the pitch, one would stand tall and announce to the whole world that Tanzania has one of the best football leagues on the continent.
It is never too late to begin the initiative of upgrading playing venues in different regions across the country in order for everyone to enjoy the beautiful game.