DEFENDING Champions Simba eventually crucified the drought devil in their 1-0 win over Dodoma Jiji in their second Premier League match at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma yesterday.
The goal scored in the 69th minute was too rewarding to Simba and their success-hungry fans and it came after the Msimbazi Street-based club spent 340 minutes without a goal prior to their yesterday slim win.
It was unusual for the club to fail to score a single goal after losing 1-0 to TP Mazembe, another 1-0 to their traditional rivals Young Africans before stamping a barren draw with Biashara United in their Premier League opener at Karume stadium in Musoma.
Yesterday’s victory has heightened Simba in the Premier League standings as grabbed the overnight leadership with four points. Simba have claimed the helm after Biashara United who drew with them 0-0 lost to Ruvu Shooting 1-0 in another match played yesterday.
Ruvu Shooting have remained with 3 points as they lost to Dodoma Jiji 2-0 in their opener on Tuesday. Only two matches were played yesterday.
Simba’s assistant coach Selemani Matola who was delighted with victory commended his players for a spirited show as he saw the match as a real battle. He said it was good the team has won after failing to win three matches in a row.
The most painful loss was to their traditional rivals Yanga 1-0 in the Community Shield match on September 25.
Yesterday’s match was not easy going for Simba yesterday as they fought tooth and nail against the hardfighting Capital city boys. Simba suffered a big loss in the 12th minute when their Senegalese talisman Ousmane Sakho limped out of the pitch due to injury and his place was taken by Zambian import Larry Bwalya.
Simba started the first half strongly and in the 19th minute, Chris Mugalu who received clear pass from Hassan Dilunga, blasted the ball wide.
Dodoma Jiji reacted strongly after the attack by forcing two raids in 25th and 26th minutes, but none of them earned them an opener. Simba’s defence did a recommendable job in clearing both raids.
In the 36th minute, Yusuf Mhilu sent a volley to Mugalu who was in the opponent’s box, but his shot went far above the cross bar.
Dodoma Jiji opted to defend in numbers in their bid to overcome Simba’s crafty attacks in the entire first half banking on Cleofas Mkandala , Salmin Hoza and Hamis Mcha. Injury woe continued to haunt Simba as Kennedy Juma went off the pitch after he was elbowed by Dodoma City’s Anuary Jabir, who was later awarded a red card.
Henock Inonga came in for Kennedy before Gomes making another substitution, and this time he brought in skipper John Bocco for Israel Mwenda.
Dodoma Jiji’s Salmin Hoza was shown a yellow card for fouling Thadeo Lwanga who consequently limped off the pitch and Meddie Kagere came into his place in the 59th minute. Gomes made another substitution in the 67th minute when Duncan Nyoni came in for Yusuf Mhilu.
The substitution benefited Simba two minutes later when Kagere found the back of the net connecting a header from Chris Mugalu.
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Author : Daily News
Publish date : 2021-10-04 07:11:41