Wekundu wa Msimbazi are playing catch-up games as they attempt to narrow the gap between them and Timu ya Wannachi
Tanzanian giants Simba SC picked a 1-0 win over Biashara United in a Mainland Premier League tie on Thursday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Bernard Morrison, who enjoyed a starting role ahead of Luis Miquuison,e as coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa made a number of changes in the first team, scored the goal that gave Wekundu wa Msimbazi the victory.
Although Simba were dominant in both halves, they were unable to extend the lead as Biashara United mostly played with more men at the back to deter their hosts from having too much space that could have punished them more.
“We have three points that take us to the position where we need to be,” Simba celebrated. “A position where we believe we belong to.”
— Simba Sports Club (@SimbaSCTanzania) February 18, 2021
The French coach had earlier explained why his players needed to beat the Francis Baraza’s side in Dar es Salaam.
“I told the players that we need three points, it doesn’t matter how we have to win the game because of the situation on the table,” Da Rosa said in an earlier interview.
“The biggest thing is that a win will get us back on track, we drew our last game [2-2] and it somehow slowed down our chase, we need to catch up with the team at the top, it is the reason we have to fight on the field and get a win.”
The victory comes after the Tanzanian heavyweights had recorded a morale-boosting win over AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Caf Champions League encounter in Kinshasa on February 12.
After the win, that keeps them in the second place behind arch-rivals Yanga SC, comes before they shift focus before facing Al Ahly in the second match of Champions League.
The next two games in hand for Wekundu wa Msimbazi will be against JKT Tanzania and Tanzania Prisons on March 1 and 9 respectively. The two local games will be played in between a continental tie against El-Merreikh on March 5.
The win over Biashara United puts Yanga under immense pressure especially after drawing in the last three games. Although they remain unbeaten, Timu ya Wananchi have dropped points and consequently giving their Kariakoo rivals chance to close in on them.
Simba SC Starting XI: Aishi Manula, Gadiel Michael, Shomari Kapombe, Joash Onyango, Pascal Wawa, Taddeo Lwanga, Perfect Chikwende, Mzamiru Yassin, Meddie Kagere, Said Hamis, Bernard Morrison.
Subs: Beno Kakolanya, Hassan Dilunga, Clatous Chama, Mohamed Hussein, Ibrahim Ajibu, Luis Miquissone, Miraji Atumani.
Biashara United Starting XI: James Ssetuba, Dennis Nkane, Mpapi Nasibu, Lenny Vedastus, Abdulmajid, Mangaro, Baraka bMakoba, Ibrahimu Isihaka, Christian Zigah, Tariq Simba.
Subs: Edson Magoma, Delick Mussa, Joseph Zziwa, Kauswa Manumbu, Gershon Kabeja, Yusuf Shaban, Ally Kombo.