Simba defend Premier League title

22May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simba defend Premier League title

THE 2018/19 Mainland Premier League defending champions, Simba, have clinched the league’s title, walloping Singida United 2-0 at the Namfua Stadium in Singida yesterday.

The Dar es Salaam giants have won the top honour with two matches to play, posting a seven-point gap with their closest challengers Yanga.

An effort by forward Boniface Maganga from close range went off target on the fifth minute in what was Singida United’s first wasted opportunity in the yesterday duel.

Meddie Kagere put Simba ahead on the 10th minute, rattling in from close range following failure Singida United defender Salum Kipaga to clear the ball.

Singida United got a free kick 20 meters out several minutes later that ended with keeper Deogratius Munishi saving an effort by winger Geoffrey Mwashiuya.

The hosts then wasted a good chance as forward Habibu Kiyombo outmuscled the visitors’ left fullback, Mohamed Hussein, a few meters from the latter’s area.

Kiyombo however disappointingly dilly-dallied with the ball within the box and was dispossessed.

Striker Frank Mkumbo could only blast over from close range after dribbling past two Simba defenders, as Singida United wasted an opportunity for netting an equalizer.

There were no clear chances during the latter stages of the period as both teams’ players found it difficult to comfortably play the ball on a bumpy pitch.

Simba were still 1-0 up at the end of the period.

A right foot shot by Mkumbo from within box went narrowly off target on the 46th minute in Singida United’s good chance after the restart.

The muscular forward had sped past Hussein and ran to an incisive pass by fellow striker and easily slid the ball past onrushing Munishi.

A defensive mistake by Singida United keeper, Said Kipao, gifted Simba the second goal on the 61st minute, as an effort by the former to clear a wayward back pass by libero, Kennedy Juma, proved costly.

Kipao sustained a muscle injury, failing to quickly make his way back to the goal and allowing Simba striker John Bocco to effortlessly head in a cross from the right.

The visitors went close on two occasions in the next few minutes as the hosts’ defense looked a bit disorganized.

Kipao looked to have suffered a serious injury, given he was rested for Ally Mustafa on the 76th minute.

Singida United’s technical bench threw in forwards Mathew Michael and Assad Juma in what was the side’s attempt to regroup, the opponents though stood firm to frustrate the former.

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