Simba join Mbao in Fed Cup semis

20Mar 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simba join Mbao in Fed Cup semis

SIMBA have cruised to the last four’s stage of this year’s Azam Sports Federation Cup competition with a 1-0 win over Arusha’s Madini FC at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, yesterday.

Laudit Mavugo

Striker Laudit Mavugo notched the all important goal on the 55th minute to see his team join Mwanza’s Mbao FC in the last four’s stage.

Mbao FC, against all odds, beat Kagera Sugar 2-1 in the last eight’s stage game played at the Kaitaba Stadium, a day before.

Mavugo showcased his goal poaching virtuosity, as he beat Madini keeper, Ramadhan Salamanda, with a loft header, following the failure by Madini defender to clear a high ball close to the box.

Both Simba and Madini went close early on in the opening 45 minutes as the teams sought to register an early goal but the goalkeepers were alert between the posts.

The visitors put pressure on the hosts when striker Mavugo, floated in a cross that was cleared by Madini defenders.

Mavugo whipped in a good cross from the left on the sixth minute but Madini keeper, Salamanda, pushed it to safety.

Madini’s first glorious chance came on the ninth minute when striker, Athuman Deus, outmuscled Simba midfielder, Muzamir Yassin, few meters from the latter’s penalty area but the striker’s effort was saved by Simba keper, Daniel Agyei.

Madini midfielder, Awesu Awesu, released the team’s striker inside Simba’s penalty area on the 20th minute but keeper Agyei pulled a good save.

Simba came close to notch a goal on the 31st minute when the squad’s reliable goal getter, Ibrahim Ajibu, saw his dipping shot from the left flank ricochet off Madini’s crossbar.

Mavugo then attempted to bury home the rebound from few meters from Madini’s box, only to see his effort go offtarget.

Madini poured forward four minutes later and had a good opportunity, which wass, though, not fully exploited by striker, Epson John.

Mavugo had an opportunity to register an opener for Simba on the 42nd minute, when he positioned himself well only to see a well taken cross fly over him.

Madini had experienced player Bakari Kigodeko, upfront but the former, Mtibwa Sugar and Mwadui FC player did not pose threat to the visitors.

It was, again, an end to end affair in the remaining 45 minutes, in which both teams created opportunities but failed to find the back of the net.

Simba had made it to the last eight’s stage of the competition after seeing out Mainland First Division team of Police Dar es Salaam.

Madini made a mockery of their National Second Division League’s status by dumping Mainland First Division team of JKT Ruvu out of the last eight’s stage.

Winners of the Azam Sports Federation Cup competition will represent the country in the next year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.