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Simba gunning for Yanga clash

The match, which was previously scheduled to take place at the same venue tomorrow, was rescheduled to Monday by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) with a view to giving Simba an opportunity to prepare for the first leg match of the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup against Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy, penned for Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Two first half goals by midfielders, Patrick Mafisango and Haruna Moshi, on the 11th and 34th minutes respectively and the third on the 76th minute by striker, Felix Sunzu, steered Simba to 59 points, which again bolstered the team’s hopes of laying hands on silverware.

Cirkovic expressed satisfaction on his side’s performance from the time he started heading the technical bench at the end of last year and added that he harbours hopes of witnessing impressive displays from the team in the last match against Yanga with a view to finishing the league on a high.

“I am satisfied that we have been playing very well from the beginning and there was good performance today (Monday)…I am looking forward to another better performance against Yanga and hopefully we will win (the match) as well,” he said.

Cirkovic, who took over after Simba parted ways with Ugandan tactician, Moses Basena, during the closing stages of the league’s first round, will be facing Yanga for the first time this season and a win over the latter will not only assure Simba of their triumph in the league but also satisfy the team’s fans the most.

Simba struggled to find their rhythm early on in the Monday match and the team consequently failed to make any meaningful attempt in front of their opponents’ goal.  The 11th minute spot kick the Msimbazi Street side won and converted through Mafisango, though, breathed fresh zeal in the side as the striking force then made occasional forays but failed to make the most of the chances.

Simba eventually were in control after notching the second through Moshi, whose composure helped his team dominate the middle of the park and push upfront often. After trailing Simba 2-0 in the first half, Moro United improved tremendously performance wise in the second half thanks to substitutions done by the team’s technical bench, in which promising strikers, Simon Msuva and Kelvin Charles, were introduced in place of Hilal Bingwa and Benedict Ngasa respectively and attacking duo’s presence posed threat to Simba defence.

The defeat effectively condemned Moro United to relegation to the Mainland First Division League because not even a win in the team’s last match against Mtibwa Sugar, to be played at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro on May 5, could change the team’s fortunes.   

Moro United assistant coach, Mohamed Diego, said his side was teeming with young, inexperienced players, who have failed to adapt to the level of competitiveness prevailing in the top flight and that has contributed to the team’s relegation. “We registered many young players who could not step up to the challenges accompanying the Mainland Premier League and therefore, they had already drained their energy in the closing stages of the league,” said Diego.

He said lack of experience on the part of most of Moro United players proved costly in the match against Simba because the latter fully exploited technical blunders committed by Moro players to score the three goals. “We played against an experienced side today and the latter capitalized on our defensive weaknesses to score the three goals,” he said. 

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Author: JAPHETH KAZENGA

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