Kinnah under pressure as Mbeya FC struggles in Tanzania League

Former Malawi national football team coach Kinnah Phiri is struggling to turn around the fortunes of Mbeya City Council FC in the Tanzanian Mainland top league.

Kinnah:  Under pressure
Kinnah: Under pressure

Kinnah was engaged in the middle of last season and managed to fend off the team from relegation by finishing on position 8 in the 16 team league.

However, his first full season in charge has seen the team struggling despite recruting Malawian players, defender Sankhani Mkandawire and goalkeeper Owen Chaima.

The team is languishing on position 9 almost halfway through the season having played 13 games collected 16 points from 3 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses.

According to the latest log table, Kinnah’s team is separated by goal differences with Rivu Shooting Stars on posion 8 and Tanzania Prisons on position 7 who have all 16 points but Mbeya have played one more game than the two rivals

The results could affect his future as the ambitious Mbeya FC engaged the former Nyasa Bullets coach to restore the team’s glory having finished third in 2013 season and fourth in 2014.

Currently Simba, who finished last season on third, are leading the table with 32 points from 10 wins and 2 draws and are yet to lose while rivals Young Africans the defending champions are second from 8 wins, 3 draws and one loss, Stand United are on third with 5 wins, 7 draws and one loss.

Mbeya who lost their last game to Simba 2-0 away, date Young Africans on Wednesday at home and Mtibwa Sugar on Sunday away.

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