Simba edge Mtibwa to hit league summit

12Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simba edge Mtibwa to hit league summit

SIMBA Sports Club handed Mtibwa Sugar their second defeat of the season after notching a comprehensive 2-0 goals victory in their first leg of the Mainland soccer premiership at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.


The teams battled to a barren draw at the end of the opening 45 minutes as the visitors displayed resilience enough to frustrate their hosts.

Barely seven minutes after resumption it was the hosts who dictated terms with an opener through their industrious striker Ibrahim Ajib. Ajib headed home an aerial corner kick floated in by striker Shiza Kichuya who featured for Mtibwa Sugar during the previous season.

Mtibwa defenders looked weary and static as Ajib leaped high o head high the ball completely unchallenged.

As if the goal was not enough, Simba pressed hard for another and their efforts eventually paid off.

Mtibwa defence was torn apart as Simba strikers tormented the visitors with remarkable ease.
A good combination inside the box saw Simba’s star signing of the season Laudit Mavugo fire a close range shot that sailed inside the net for the hosts to extend the lead.

Though both teams tried to search for goals the scoreline never changed at the end of the regulation time as Simba extended their unbeaten run to four matches since the season kicked off on August 20.

Mtibwa Sugar are stuck at a six-point mark after conceding their second loss of the season. They lost the season’s opener at the hands of visiting Ruvu Shooting at their own Manungu backyard.

Simba have amassed ten points to their collection to tally with another title contenders Azam FC. Both teams have identical league statistics as goal aggregate don’t separate them at the summit of the standings.

Holders Young Africans are in third position with seven points after three appearances.

However, Yanga have a game in hand against JKT Ruvu expected to be rescheduled to a date to be announced later by the league board.

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