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Magereza in pole position to retain hockey trophy

Dar es Salaam Regional Hockey Association (DRHA) has organized the league with a view to maintain effective promotion of the sport in the country, apart from using the event to shape participating teams ahead of major domestic competitions.

The league standing released by DRHA Secretary General, Mnonda Magani, revealed Magereza still leads the rest of the pack with 13 points from five matches, having won four and managed a draw in one game. The former Mainland Hockey League Champions are the only undefeated side in the campaign so far and have scored a total of nine goals whilst conceding only two.

Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) and Ngome, currently positioned second and third respectively, are the only teams capable of putting pressure on the league leaders and possibly change the course of the title race, going by the duo’s performance in recent matches.

TPDF have collected seven points from four matches after winning two, managing draw in two and losing one game. The army men have scored five goals and conceded two and, with an advantage of having a game in hand, they stand a great chance to reduce the gap with Magereza, should they win their forthcoming match against Dar Khalsa scheduled for February 19 at the Lugalo venue.

Ngome, despite having played the same number of games with the league leaders, are in the third position with six points after scoring a total of seven goals and conceded five. They have won one game, lost one and drawn three to remain the only side with the highest number of draws.

The team, comprising a host of up-and-coming players, has enjoyed a promising run in the race so far and could climb up the standing should it grab maximum points in its coming assignments. Ngome managed to stop Magereza in the latter’s tracks when the two sides battled to a 2-2 draw in the latest match.

Dar es Salaam Khalsa and Dar es Salaam Institute (DI) occupy the last two positions in the standing and the duo, definitely, face an extremely challenging task of winning all of their forthcoming matches should they harbour hopes of staying in the title race.

With Dar es Salaam Khalsa and DI struggling to keep the pace with the rest of the league’s competitors, the title chase, by and large, has now been dominated by the army outfits and the situation, for that matter, narrow chances of seeing a street outfit hold sway.

Magereza head coach, Merica Kahola, had already expressed desire for guiding his side to successful title retention and, with the team having maintained an unbeaten spell, the hopes of laying hands on silverware, to some extent, remain high.

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Author: JAPHETH KAZENGA

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