CECAFA: URA Humbles Simba With 2-0 Win
URA’s Feni Ali took advantage of one chance in the 11th minute and headed home a crucial first half goal against Simba SC before netting a second one in the added minutes of the second half to force the Tanzanian champions into a 2-0 loss.
Simba 0 URA 2
AS Vita 7 Ports 0
Azam 1 Mafunzo 1
The two teams were playing their first game in group ‘A’ of the Cecafa-Kagame Club Championship going on here in Dar es salaam City.
Simba who played in last year’s finals against Young Africans started off the game with very brilliant runs and well coordinated passes but all their efforts yielded no results throughout the 90 minutes.
The Uganda Hippos player jumped high just outside the box to head in the first goal that still left the Simba fans roaring hoping to equalize and perhaps win the game later.
The roaring of the Lions however, only remained good news for the tax boys as they took control of the second half with good ball possession.
Cranes defender and Club Captain Simeon Masaba took a well calculated run on the right flank and crossed the ball past the defenders to find a well positioned Feni Ali who headed into an empty net.
Simba goalkeeper Juma Kaseja had run to the extreme side of the opposite goal post.
This was the second loss for the home team after defending champions Young Africans lost on a similar margin to Atletico Olympics FC, a surprise team from Burundi.
Like Simba, Young Africans also conceded the second goal in the injury time.
Simba played with Cranes midfielder Musa Mude but the biggest news was Derrick Walulya, formerly with the day’s opponents who left many local fans here amazed with his performance.
The Serbian Coach Milovan Cirlovic said he was surprised with Walulya’s performance. “We played a better side and Walulya had a good game”, he confessed.
Alex Isabirye on his side looked relieved of the pressure he seemingly carried since arriving in Dar es salaam.
“We played well and deserved this win. Our first target was to cool down the game that had started at a high tempo and we succeeded” said the former Cranes player.
The 2-0 result did not however move the Tanzanian fans who still have chances to qualify from the group stages but was only a good news that the two country’s league giants had both lost the opening matches and on the same goal difference. URA returns to action on Wednesday against AS Vita Club who routed Djibouti’s Ports FC 7-0 at Chamanzi stadium.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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