Zanzibar — GIFTED attacking midfielder Haruna Moshi 'Boban' has caught the eye of Simba new coach - Patrick Liewig, who said the player has the quality he needed to freshen up his team's quest in a bid to retain the league title.
Moshi scored with a clinical finish as the Mainland champion were held to a 1-1 draw by Kenya champions Tusker FC in a Group A match of the on-going Mapinduzi Cup at the Amaan Stadium here on Friday night.
"I'm delighted for Moshi, we know he's the main player, our playmaker and he works hard for the team and he deserved to score on Friday," said the Frenchman. "He is a fantastic player," said Liewig. "He linked the team very well and gave us a balance.
Every time the ball came up to him he got hold of it and made good distribution decisions. Moshi is just returning from the team after serving almost three months suspension allegedly for indiscipline. He was temporarily axed from the senior team in October, last year and was given 21 days to appeal for the decision, which he never did.
However, with the arrival of new technical staff 'Boban' quietly made a return to the team fold. Ironically, though there was no space for defender Juma Nyosso who was also suspended alongside 'Boban'. Nyoso's performance was heavily criticized by the previous technical bench and he has been demoted from the senior team to Simba B until such a time that his performance will please the technical bench.
Liewig was equally pleased with the entire team performance, saying the team got the start they wanted in terms of tempo but then they failed to take up the chances they created. Regardless, the former manager of the Paris Saint German Academy was satisfied with the scoreline.
"It was a convincing performance; we really worked our socks off and showed great determination. I'm pleased with the scoreline," he said. Tusker FC coach Robert Matano, who recently, critisised Simba defence was of different opinion this time.
"I think Simba played well today compared to last week when we beat them 3-0 in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam. I think they deserved to win only that their players lacked sharpness upfront," he said. Moshi gave Simba a 1-0 lead after outclassing towering defender Joseph Shikokoti, only to beat the keeper with a fantastic strike early in the 18th minute.
He received a clever pass from Ramadhani Chombo 'Redondo.' With few minutes to the break, Tusker grabbed an equalizer to make it 1-1 thanks to fine strike from Khalid Aucho. Both teams went in the game having won their opening games emphatically with Simba beating 4-2 past Jamhuri as Tusker thrashed 5-1 past Bandari.
Tusker is top of the group on a goal difference margin with four points, while Simba stay second on same points. Simba line up: Wilbert Mweta, Miraji Adam, Paul Ngalema, Shomari Kapombe, Komanbil Keita, Jonas Mkude, Haruna Athumani, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Felix Sunzu, Haruna Moshi na Ramadhani Chombo.
Tusker line up: Samuel Odhiambo, Luke Ochieng, Jeremiah Bright, Joseph Shikokoti, Khalidi Aucho, Edwin Manono, Justin Monda, Ismail Dunga, Jesse Were na Robert Omonuk.