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Giants battle for final spot

Giants battle for final spot

The first semifinal match will see holders Young Africans facing Azam, while Simba will lock horns with Namungo in the second semifinal at the same venue tonight.

The both semis, it means the NBC Premier League has been briefly transferred to the Isles but this time around in a knockout discipline that once a team loses, then it is automatically knocked out of the race.

However, all the four teams facing off in the semis package have already met this season in the Premier League with Yanga defeating Azam 2-0 courtesy of Fiston Mayele and Jesus Moloko goals.

It is therefore a golden chance for Azam to revenge the painful loss they suffered in the top flight league and inflict the same punishment to their opponents.

The Chamazi-based outfits have had a marvellous ride in the unfolding Mapinduzi Cup event winning all their three fixtures to lead group A with 9 points and scoring seven goals in the process.

Under the tutelage of interim coach Abdihamid Moallin, the Ice cream makers seem to have improved a lot but they now face a real test from the defending champions who eye to reclaim the title for the second time in a row.

In the other semifinal pitting Simba versus Namungo, the former produced an added time 1-0 win in the Premier League thanks to the sole goal netted by Meddie Kagere.

Likewise, the Lindi-based giants will be adamant to reverse the league defeat they conceded by making sure that they surprise Simba and book a ticket to play in the final.

Under their new trainer Jamhuri Kihwelo, Namungo nicknamed 'Southern Killers' have only lost one game in the unfolding Mapinduzi Cup campaign from Azam (1-0) while Simba in their two fixtures, have won one match and drawn the other.

The Msimbazi Street Red's Coach Pablo Franco is therefore keen to guide his side to his first final and probably clinch his first ever silverware on Tanzanian soil in case they win it.

For Zanzibar teams, it has been another upset for them as they have now turned to be spectators just like other ordinary fans in stands after missing out a chance to step in the last four package.

Despite deploying five teams, none of them seized the opportunity to fly high Zanzibar flag in semis hence they need to wake up and aim to achieve great things in next year's edition of Mapinduzi Cup.

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