Toto African beat Mwadui in Premier League
The victory earned Toto Africa, who narrowly survived relegation last season, three points in the 16-team league. Mwadui who looked disorganised especially in the first half failed to show what made them one of the best teams in the 2015-2016 season.
However, there were several solo efforts from Paul Nonga who joined Mwadui club after ending his career with Young Africans. Nonga inflicted much troubles to the hosts especially in the second half and managed to head home the ball in the dying minutes, but it was ruled offside.
Wazir Junior netted the opener for Toto Africa in 35 from a brilliant move. The team’s deadliest striker outwitted Mwadui defender, chested the ball before releasing a tricky groundshot that beat advancing Mwadui FC goalkeeper.
Mwadui didn’t respond after conceding the goal and it remained 1-0 for Toto Africa until the end of the first half. The Mainland Premier league resumed last weekend in various venues with Simba’s 3-1 win over Ndanda FC peaking the news of the season opener.
The opening matches also saw league debutants Mbao FC beginning their appearance with a shocking goalless draw against Stand United in Shinyanga while Mtibwa Sugar fell at home to a promoted side Ruvu Shooting in Manungu.
In Dar es Salaam, moneybags Azam FC squeezed a draw against visiting African Lyon also promoted from the lower tier. Azam had to thank John Bocco who salvaged a draw at the dead after Hood Mayanja had put the visitors ahead in the 47th minute.
At the National stadium Simba SC beat Ndanda FC from Mtwara 3-1. New signing Laudit Mavugo opened his account scoring in the 20th minute from a Mohammed Hassan cross. The hosts silenced the home crowd when youngster Omary Mponda equalised in the 37th minute.
Substitute Frederick Blagnon put the hosts ahead before Ramadhan Kichuya sealed Ndanda’s fate with the third goal giving the Msimbazi side a winning start. Young Africans will test the league challenges this weekend when they face African Lyon in Dar es Salaam.