Diminutive attacking midfielder Mwinyi Kazimoto put Simba ahead a minute before the break, but Yusuf Ndiyishimiye pulled level with three minutes to go. Simba now need a barren draw or any kind of victory, in a return leg match in Dar es Salaam in two weeks time to sail through into the first round of the continental second tier club championships.
The two sides met for the first time in the continental event and both were keen on snatching a win with a view to staying in better position in their respective campaigns. The match was handled by centre referee Thierry Nkurunziza of Burundi. Simba had themselves to blame because they mounted pressure on their opponents frequently but failed to translate their chances into goals.
They started more brightly but had to wait until 44th minute, when Kazimoto drilled a 30 metre screamer, finishing off from a well worked move by impressive holding midfielder Shomari Kapombe. Kiyovu attacked relentlessly on the restart and the home side sneaked out with a draw after Ndiyishimiye rose above defenders to nod home from a corner kick on 87th minute.
Simba missed the services of, among others, key strikers, Gervais Kago of the Central Africa Republic (CAR) Ulimboka Mwakingwe and playmaker Haruna Moshi ‘Boban’ who have been left out of the Kigali trip because they are nursing injuries. Simba is eager to match their 1993 run when they reached the final only to lose to Ivory Coast’s Stella Abidjan.
En route to the final, Simba ejected El Harrach of Algeria and Angola’s AS Aviacao. The winner between Kiyovu and Simba will face ESS of Algeria in the round of 16. The last time Kiyovu competed in the competition was in 1994 when they were knocked out in the preliminary round. In Zanzibar, Hwange FC of Zimbawe thrashed Jamhuri of Zanzibar 3-0 in the preliminary round, first leg match of the Confederation Cup played at Gombani Stadium in Pemba Island, reports ISSA YUSSUF.
Hangwe’s goals were scored by Rodwei Chinyanaetere just two minutes from the kick off, before Vimisai Farai registered the second goal at 32 minute. Munyalazi Munyaze ensured the vistors are home and dry, when he netted the third in 47th minute. Jamhuri attempted to penetrate Hangwe’s defence but Ali Salum failed to score at 80th minute. Jamhuri chief coach Renatus Shija blamed lack of international exposure for the defeat, while Hangwe’s coach Tennant Chiluba commented, “Zanzibar players are good, but lack coordination.”
Jamhuri’s defeat was witnessed by several Zanzibar leaders led by the First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad, who said that Tanzania teams including Jamhuri needs better preparation. He also said international exposure was wanting.
Zanzibar’s Mafunzo were expected to clash against Muculmana from Mozambique last night at Amani Stadium on Unguja Islands main town of Zanzibar Line ups SC Kiyovu: Pascal Dukuzeyezu, Godfrey Katerega, Patrick Umwungeri, Eric Serugaba, Hussein Sibomana, Jean Shyaka, Bakabulindi Julius, Simon Okwi, Landry Gashema, Nelly Mayanja and Fiston Shauri Nyarugeta.
Simba: Juma Kaseja, Nassoro Cholo, Juma Jabu, Kelvin Yondani, Juma Nyosso, Shomari Kapombe, Ramadhan Singano, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Felix Sunzu, Emanuel Okwi and Patrick Mafisango