The Star (Nairobi)

Tanzania/Kenya: Tusker Rock Simba in Friendly Encounter

Kenya Premier League champions Tusker crashed Simba 3-0 in a friendly encounter in Dar es Salaam. The brewers notched their second win in four days after beating Simba rivals Yanga 1-0 on Tuesday.

Tusker were quicker of the blocks and and dominated Simba, twice coming close in the opening 20 minute. Tusker's attacks finally bore fruit in the 37 minute when new signing Jesse Were slotted the ball home from a goalmouth melee.

Were was on the mark again on the stroke of half time this time powering home a header from a corner. On resumption Tusker kepty up the pressure and Fredrick Onyango scored the third goal in the 56th minute following a great pass from Were.

Tusker coach Robert Matano was pleased with the performance and said the team will carry the momentum to the Mapinduzi Cup that starts on January 2 in Zanzibar.

"We have beaten two of the biggest clubs in Tanzania and that will give us confidence ahead of the tournament that starts on Wednesday," Matano added.

Matano noted the new signings are proving their worth."We are going to be playing in several competitions and its key we have a big squad because it will be a long seasofor us and the new signings are proving their worth in the team.

Matano expects a competitive tournament in Zanzibar with top clubs from Tanzania and Zanzibar participating. "Its going to be a tough tournament. I expect the clubs we have beaten like Yanga and Simba to come out firing," Matano added.

Elsewhere Former Harambee Stars coach Twahir Muhiddin has been appointed assistant coach of the newly promoted Kenya Premier League side Bandari.

As per confirmation by the club's secretary Ben Oloo, Muhiddin will temporarily lead the team until coach Rishadi Shedu recovers from ankle surgery.

"We the (board) received Shedu's letter recommending Muhiddin for the job and we will not go against his wish. He (Muhiddin) is now our assistant coach."

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