Hard Rock FC still in trouble
By Mwinyi Sadallah, Zanzibar
Pemba`s Hard Rock football team are still compounded by relegation woes as the Zanzibar premier league is in its 14th round.
Hard Rock, that have posted the only win against Kizimbani last Saturday, lost their match to one of the title contenders Police FC by 2-0 goals in a match played at the Mao Tse Tung Stadium on Wednesday.
Police striker Mohamed Seif Belo scored once in each half to wrap up a crucial win for his team.
Seif scored the league`s fastest goal soon after the match kicked off as Hard Rock defenders were caught napping.
The hosts ended the first half with a lone goal lead as Hard Rock played brilliantly to contain sporadic attacks plotted by Police team.
Hard Rock replaced Tauba Ausa for Doto Joram, but the changes were not effective enough to shake the host side.
Despite thwarting attacks by Police side, Hard Rock still failed to mark Seif who rose to occasion with a his second goal of the day, six minutes to time.
The scorer took advantage of a goal-mouth melee to slot home the killer goal that left the visitors reeling.
Bottom placed Hard Rock tried hard to search for a consolation goal that proved elusive as time was running out before the referee Ali Omar Kisaka blew the final whistle.
Holders Miembeni take on visiting Kizimbani at the Mao Tse Tung stadium today.
This is crucial match for Miembeni who are trying hard to restore their second spot in the standings and chasing leaders Mafunzo, who have opened a nine-point gap over the holders.
Miembeni, who fired Kenyan coach Alex Olaba, are now coached by Taifa Stars assistant coach Ali Bushiri.
The league action is also expected to continue at the Gombani Stadium where Hussein Kheri`s coached Malindi will be away to Duma. Rampant Mafunzo are leading the table with 33 points after 14 appearances.