The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

12 October 2009

Tanzania: Simba Beat African Lyon to Go Seven Points Clear

Simba maintained their perfect run in the Vodacom Premier League with a 1-0 victory over African Lyon, in a fiercely contested match at Uhuru Stadium yesterday.

The Msimbazi Street giants boast a 100 per cent record in the top-flight football, as the solitary goal from Mussa Mgossi put them seven-points clear at top of the table.

As the race for the title begins to take shape, Simba have now chalked up 21 points from their seven matches.

Simba had several chances to kill off the game early on, but Emmanuel Okwi and Mohamed Banka fired wide.

The Patrick Phiri's lads had to wait until the 39th minute to celebrate the lonely goal through their speedy forward.

Mgossi capitalised on Joseph Owino's excellent cross to plant the ball home.

The goal spurred Lyon to step up their attacks and Mbwana Samatta almost levelled the score after unleashing a shot that ricocheted.

The score sheet read 1-0 in favour of Simba until the breather.

Lyon continued to haunt Simba's goalmouth and in the 67th minute, Yusuf Soka scored, but it was ruled out for offside.

With 18 minutes to go, marauding Mgossi twisted around and unleashed a volley, but it hit the crossbar and Lyon's defenders arrived to clear a rebound.

The tempo of the match decreased gradually and Simba resorted to a defensive game to ensure they secured another clean sheet.

Towards the injury time, African Lyon looked serious with the business and had two clear-cut chances, but the eagle-eyed goalie, Juma Kaseja denied them.

Simba: Juma Kaseja, Salum Kanoni, Juma Jabu, Kelvin Yondan, Juma Nyosso, Mohamed Banka, Uhuru Seleman, Daniel Mrwanda, Joseph Owino, Emmanuel Okwi and Ramadhani chombo.

African Lyon: John Mbugua, Abdul Massenga, Abu Ubwa, Zuber Makame, Bakari Omary, Victor Tubanga, Mohamed Samatta, Castory Mumbara, Karume Songoro, Mbwana Samatta and Robert Ssentongo.

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