Namungo draw irks Mgunda

DAR ES SALAAM: SIMBA Interim Coach, Juma Mgunda, has expressed disappointment with the outcome of their clash against Namungo FC, after being forced to a 2-2 draw.

Mgunda declared that they have learnt from the encounter and are poised to correct the clear faults.

The Premier League showdown that was held on Tuesday at the Majaliwa Stadium in Lindi, proved to be a rollercoaster ride as the Reds were held by the tough Southern Highland killers.

Simba took the match lead from a nice curling volley from attacking midfielder, Willy Onana in the 34th minute but five minutes late in the 39th minute, hosts Namungo leveled through Kelvin Sabato.

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Mgunda’s side retained the match lead in the second half, through Edwin Balua’s superb freekick that sailed directly into the net, leaving Namungo shot-stopper, Jonathan Nahimana’s effort to stop it in vain.

While the time was ticking off and Simba hoped they would leave the Majaliwa Stadium with all the three points, in the dying minutes; due to miscommunication between goalkeeper Ayoub Lakred and defender Kennedy Juma, Namungo were lucky to get an equalizer after Juma’s own goal.

Despite the deadlock, Simba now have collected 47 points from 22 matches and still seat on the third position in the league log, while Namungo occupy the 9th spot with 27 points garnered from 24 matches. Reflecting on the match, Mgunda emphasized that they will work on the mistakes that have been made during the game and work on them diligently to excel in the upcoming fixtures.

He characterized the game as aggressively contested, with both teams striving for favorable outcomes. Meanwhile, Namungo Head Coach, Mwinyi Zahera, acknowledged the anticipated intensity of the fixture and commended his players for their unwavering commitment to securing at least a point.

“I praise my players for their wholehearted dedication to securing a favorable result,” Zahera remarked. Looking ahead, he stressed the importance of preparing for future encounters to ensure a strong finish of the season. “For now, our focus is directly on gearing up for the upcoming matches to secure favorable outcomes,” Zahera explained.

Simba’s next challenge will be on May 3rd against the relegation-threatened Mtibwa Sugar who are placed at the bottom of the log, whereas Namungo are set to face Ihefu on May 6th at CCM Liti Stadium in Singida.

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