Azam win as Simba flop again

10Nov 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Azam win as Simba flop again

WHILE Azam came from behind to pulverise Mwadui by 4-1 goals at the hosts venue in Mwadui, Tanzania Prisons also deployed the same approach to hand pacemakers Simba their second heartbreaking defeat of the season (2-1) at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya yesterday.

Simba drew first blood through striker Jamal Mnyate’s glancing header after 43 minutes to take a lone goal lead on their way to the dressing rooms.

However, the hosts came back strongly in the second half as they pulled an equaliser through Victor Anganya who also headed home a beautiful cross two minutes after restart.

Anganya was again on target after 63 minutes when he beat Simba goalkeeper Vincent Agban for Prisons to take the lead for the first time during the match.

Simba tied in avail to pull an equaliser as prisons stood firm to hand on to their lead up to the end of the game.

This is the second match in a row Simba are losing after their first defeat of the season came at the hands of newly promoted African Lyon at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Prisons celebrated the giant kill after narrowly losing to holders Yanga at the same venue on Sunday.

Simba have ended the first half of the season still at the top of the standings with 35 points, opening a five-point gap over holders Yanga who will be in action today against Ruvu Shooting at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Yanga have 30 points and have an opportunity to close the gap to two should they edge Ruvu shooting today.

In another match to wind up the first half of the season, visiting Azam handed diamond miners Mwadui a comprehensive 4-1 goals rout in Mwadui yesterday.

The hosts scored first through their industrious striker Hassan Kabunda with his spectacular bicycle kick early on. Azam who have been in lacklustre form this season, reorganised well to pump in the four goals in stunning fashion as the second half got underway.

The dazzling Azam pulled an equaliser through John Bocco after 54 minutes before youngster Shaaban Idd scored twice in quick succession after 73 and 77 minutes.

Burundi striker Zekumbawira notched the fourth for the ice-cream makers who wrapped up their biggest victory since the season kicked off on August 20.

Azam are now third-placed on the standings table with ten points adrift of leaders Simba after 15 appearances.