Simba striker Emmanuel Okwi
Simba striker Emmanuel Okwi

Striker Atupele Green scored the lone goal of the match in the first half of the eighth round of the league, which resumed yesterday after almost two months break.

Simba striker Emmanuel Okwi
Simba striker Emmanuel Okwi

Simba, who looked a rejuvenated force after reshuffling their squad during the mini-transfer window failed to spark yesterday and struggled in the first half, giving the visitors an upper hand in the first 45 minutes.

Eager to forge a winning start and keep the pressure on those at the top, Simba started strongly and fashioned several moves upfront but newly signed striker Danny Sserunkuma, skipper Emmanuel Okwi and Ramadhani Singano failed to make the most from the chances they created.

After several near misses, Simba were hit on the break in the 21st minute, when Green directed his header into the back of the net, capitalising from a goalkeeping blunder by Ivo Mapunda and the ball evaded defender Hassan Isihaka at the goalline.

Green, who features for national team string B squad reacted quickly to make contact with a long throw in ball from veteran defender Abdul Mtiro.

After conceding, Simba failed to reorganise as they kept playing long balls upfront giving diminutive striker Danny Sserunkuma hard time to deal with comfortable Kagera Sugar defenders marshalled by George Kavilla.

Simba continued to hunt for an equaliser before the break but defender Kessy Ramadhani, Okwi and Simon Sserunkuma?s efforts were fruitless as either was cleared by defenders or goalkeeper Agaton Anthony was outstanding between the posts as the game rolled into the break with Kagera Sugar leading 1-0.

After the break, Simba introduced Elias Maguri for Ramadhani Singano and few minutes later, Shaaban Kisiga came in for Awadh Juma to improve the midfield.

There was a slight change in the pattern of play for Simba as they kept pressing for an equaliser but Kagera defenders stood firm to thwart the dangers.

As time ticked off Simba?s Zambian tactician Patrick Phiri brought in Said Ndemla for Dan Sserunkuma, but still he could not rescue his team from the first defeat of the season.

Playing a more defensive game Kagera Sugar made another dangerous counter attack and Green failed to double the lead for his team after Mapunda made a superb save to deny the striker another chance to score.

Simba have won only one game out of eight they have played so far, while posting six consecutive draws- considerable poor run by their standards.

The league will continue on Saturday with three fixtures: Leaders Mtibwa Sugar will be at home against Stand United, while Coastal Union will be on road to take on Prisons of Mbeya, JKT Ruvu will square up with their brothers, Ruvu Shooting.

The 8th round matches will wrap up on Sunday with three more fixtures pitting Young Africans against defending champions Azam, Polisi Morogoro against Mgambo and Mbeya City against Ndanda FC.

Line-ups: Kagera Sugar: Agaton Anthony, Salum Kanoni, Abdul Mtiro, Erick Kyaruzi, George Kavilla, Malegesi Mwangwa, Paul Ngwai, Babu Ally/Simon Lucas, Atupele Green, Daudi Jumanne/Juma Mpola and Benjamin Asukile.

Simba: Ivo Mapunda, Kessy Ramadhan, Mohamed Hussein, Isihaka Hassan, Juuko Murshid, Jonas Mkude, Ramadhan Singano/ Elias Maguli, Awadh Juma/Shaaban Kisiga, Dan Sserunkuma/Said Ndemla, Simon Sserunkuma and Emmanuel Okwi.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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