Mogadishu City looking for 4th straight victory in Somali Premier League against Midnimo
Kick Off: Thurs 04 Febuary 2021, 01:00 PM GMT
Venue: Eng Yariisow Stadium, Mogadishu, Somalia
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Somali Premier League champions Mogadishu City, have begun to hit form in their title defence and look to retake their lead at the top of the league to four points against a struggling Midnimo side.
The Somali champions have continued the good form from of last season as they sit in second but with a chance to overtake Raadsan at the top. There were questions over the Mogadishu side who only narrowly won the league on the last day of last season and only by one point over rivals Dekeddaha. The champions crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers at the hand of AS Sonidep of Niger. The Nigeriens won both legs 2-0 and never looked uncomfortable.
Since then though, Mogadishu City have kicked on and have demonstrated their title credentials with narrow wins over fellow early title contenders Raadsan and Dekeddaha, coming out with narrow 1-0 wins in both matches. That has been the tale of City this season in the league, winning narrowly and often late. In their five wins, Mogadishu have only won one by more than a single goal and that was against newly promoted side Geeska Afrika who already look like they will be relegated immediately.
Midnimo will take heart from the nature of Mogadishu's win as they look to cause an upset against the Somali giants. Midnimo find themselves in the same position as they have in previous seasons, as a perennially relegation threatened side. Last season they came only two places above relegation in 7th, and this season they find themselves in 8th and only ahead of Elman and the second relegation spot on goal difference.
After a difficult start, the side based in the heart of Mogadishu have picked up form. They narrowly beat fellow struggles Elman and Geeska Afrika before only losing to Jeenyo thanks to a late winner, the side that handed Mogadishu City their only loss of the season. While matches against the top sides will not define Midnimo's season, this is a great opportunity to grab a scalp and put some distance between them and Elman.
Midnimo can be hopeful in coming away with at least a point against a Mogadishu who have struggled for goals this season and lack a cutting edge up front. While the champions create plenty, they have struggled to put away chances. Only Ahmed Joofow has scored more than one of their own forwards. They key for Midnimo to getting a result will be to shut down Mogadishu's creative threats, particularly that of Saantos. The number eight is the creative heart of the Mogadishu midfield and has a goal and a couple assists to his name this season. A difficult task no doubt, but if Midnimo are able to stifle Saantos they can be hopeful of keeping a clean sheet and maybe even nicking a goal on the break.
Links to the club websites and social media accounts are below.
Mogadishu City Club
Midnimo Football Club