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Eliyah Kananji feels pressure at Lali Lubani Road

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Be Forward Mighty Wanderers FC head coach Eliyah Kananji, has attributed his team’s inconsistency in the first round of the TNM Super League campaign to pressure from supporters exerted on both the technical panel and players.

The Nomads are perching third on the standings with 26 points from 14 games and trail second-placed Azam Tigers FC, who also have the same number of points, but with a better goal difference.

Trouble started at Lali Lubani after the team slumped to two consecutive defeats to Silver Strikers and cross-town rivals Big Bullets FC.

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Kananji said the going has not been rosy for the Nomads camp because the players are failing to cope with the pressure from supporters whose expectations are high.

“I noticed the pressure on my players even during the pre-season training and friendly games we played earlier in the year. The supporters were coming in large numbers from all corners of the city only to watch training because they had no doubt this was going to be the team’s best season and the arrival of new players also increased the pressure,” Kananji said.

The coach also said the players haven’t performed at their best for fear of making mistakes.

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The Nomads tactician also said the pressure had not spared him and his backroom staff, but this one is from the executive committee.

Kananji, who is considered one of the successful youthful coaches on the local scene, nevertheless heaped praises on his charges for withstanding the pressure to finish third on the table.

Supporter’s Committee general secretary, Paul Mphepo, admitted that the supporters had not been patient with the team.

“We stopped all supporters from patronizing the team’s training sessions and we have been holding zonal meetings to sensitize them on the role they have to play for the team to do well this season,” he said.

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