Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Merciless Tusker Humble Simba

MAINLAND Premier League champions Simba were without their new coach--Patrick Liewig, as they succumbed to a humiliating 0-3 defeat to Kenya champions Tusker FC in an international friendly match on Saturday.

Simba leadership promised on Thursday that Liewig will be at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday to witness the match, but the Frenchman was no where to be seen.

In the Saturday match Simba were under Ugandan Mosses Basena, who is returning to the team's technical bench after just one year, while Jamhuri Kihwelo is a new team manager.

The Msimbazi Reds started with an under strength squad with the likes of Wilbert Mweta starting between the posts, while youthful Haruna Othman, Abdallah Seseme and Hassan Khatib all started. And Tusker were in no mood to spare the home lads as they put them to the sword to add to the fans woes of not seeing their new coach as promised by the leadership.

Simba controlled the match from start but were wasteful with the opportunities they created, but the visitors hit back strongly shortly before the break, scoring twice in ten minutes. Tusker punished Simba with a 37th and 45th minutes strike from Jesse Were.

The first was a powerful finish after he cleverly beat central defenders Malian Komanbil Keita and Hassan Khatib to lob past advancing goalkeeper Wilbert Mweta, while the second was a clean finish, as he connected home a neat pass from Ishmael Dunga.

Simba were dead and buried shortly after the restart when Fredrick Onyango headed in the third in 53rd minute, this time capitalizing on the aerial bombardments forward that gave Simba defenders hectic moment. It was a similar story on the other end of pitch where Tusker towering defenders led by Joseph Shikokoti, easily dealt with Simba's long balls in the area.

It could have been more for Tusker had Were and other strikers not blown other golden chances, but the visitors still had enough for a second straight win in their friendly against Dar es Salaam giants . Tusker defeated Yanga FC 1-0 on Wednesday in their first friendly match with Ishmael Dunga scoring the lone goal of the match from the spot.

Both teams made massive changes in their teams in the second half, with Simba bringing in experienced stars including midfielder Haruna Moshi who returned to the team's fold after serving at least three month of suspension.

Right full back Nassoro Masoud Said 'Chollo', Edward Christopher, Ramadhan Singano, Salum Kinje and Jonas Garrard Mkude all came in the second half but could not rescue Simba from the defeat, although, they mounted pressure in the last ten minutes in an attempt to at least reduce the margin or stage an astonishing come back but all was in vain.

Tusker FC will be heading to Zanzibar for the Mapinduzi Tournament that kicks off on Tuesday. Simba will also be competing in the annual Zanzibar tournament Simba are set to appoint Liewig, a former manager of the Paris Saint Germain Academy as their new coach.

Liewig has been earmarked by the Simba management as the outstanding candidate to replace Serbian Milovan Cirkovic, who guided the club to league glory last season. Liewig coached Asec Mimosas of Cote D'Ivoire between 2004 and 2009, winning a couple of domestic cups and leading the club to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2009.

Liewig was nominated with the coach of the Egyptian national team and the coach of Al Ahly for the award of the best coach of Africa in 2006, the award won by Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, winner of the African Cup of Nations 2006.

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