Who is Ligi Kuu Bara's Best Midfielder?

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Goal takes a look at the league's finest midfielders

It was a busy season for midfielders with some switching sides and others winning titles.

Haruna Niyonzima who is considered by many as one of the best midfielders playing in the Tanzania Premier League has endured one of the toughest seasons since he came to the land.

His switch from Yanga to Simba was followed by an injury which kept him out for a long time and he was not even near his usual standard.

Another who struggled this season is Yanga’s Thaban Kamusoko who is very famous for his style of play called “Kampa Kampa Tena” but the injury he sustained at the start of the season kept him out of form throughout the season.

Goal takes a look at the league's finest midfielders


Jonas Mkude (Simba)


He started the season slowly as former head coach Joseph Omog was not a fan of him. He benched him in several matches a move that did not sit well with the fans.

It was no surprise, that holding midfielder Jonas Mkude became such a key player for the Simba side managed by Pierre Lechantre who replaced Omog late in December.

The fan favorite brought balance and stability to the Tanzanian champions in 2017-2018, breaking up play in the centre of the park and distributing the ball efficiently.


Papy Tshishimbi (Yanga):


He joined Yanga at the start of the season from Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland. The Congolese machine is undoubtedly one of the finest players to have ever plied his trade in the Premier League.

Tshishimbi may not have won anything this season, but his combination of hard work and creativity ensured Yanga booked a place in the Caf Confederation Cup group stage and finished in the top three in the League despite many problems outside the pitch.


Mudathir Yahaya (Singida United):


Many people wonder why Azam sent him out on loan to Singida United at the start of this season? Another question is why such a fantastic player was not given a new contract at Azam?

Brilliant player when he is or without the ball, great visions and skilled. The Zanzibari sets the tempo for Singida United with his pinpoint passing, while he’s also adept at evading opposition pressure and picking his way out of congested areas.

He is close to signing a permanent deal with the Singida based side although there is interest from Simba and Yanga.


Himid Mao (Azam)


Azam skipper, the team struggled a little this season but not him. His work rate in the team is fantastic something which earned him a place in the Azam and National Team when fit.

He nearly joined Yanga in the last transfer window but he remained with Ice Cream Makers and he has erform to his usual high standards.

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Again, he will be linked with another move away from Azam due to his performances this season.


James Kotei (Simba)


Has emerged as one of Simba’s important players this season.The defensive Midfielder's presence in front of the back four assured Simba’s safety this season.

His ability made him a key member of the squad and had a guranteed starting spot under sacked head coach Joseph Omog and his successor Pierre Lechantre.

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