22 December 2012

Tanzania: Coastal Dethrone Simba

SIMBA surrendered Uhai Cup title after suffering a shocking 2-1 defeat to Coastal Union of Tanga, in a mouthwatering semifinal of the Under -20 Premier League clash at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The Msimbazi Reds youth team was under the tutelage of Ugandan tactician Richard Amatre and his assistant Amri Said. All was not well for Simba, who just three days ago reportedly parted ways with the youth coach Selemani Matola and his assistant Patrick, for what was claimed to be sabotage.

Simba Vice-Chairman, Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' was quoted accusing the duo of influencing players to play below par in their quarterfinal encounter against Arusha's JKT Oljoro. Despite such fears, Simba went ahead to beat JKT Oljoro 2-0 in the quarterfinals at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Coastal Union reached the semifinals after beating 2010 winners Ruvu Shooting 4-3 in post match penalties. They will now face Azam FC in the final. Azam saw off the challenge from Mtibwa Sugar after winning 3-2 on penalties.

The match had ended 1-1 in regulation time To reach the semifinals, Mtibwa Sugar thrashed African Lyon 3-1 at the Karume Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, while Azam beat JKT Ruvu 1-0 at the Chamazi Stadium, to march through to the semifinal.

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