25 January 2013

Tanzania: Simba Bow to Leopards

MAINLAND champions Simba suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of visiting South African side Black Leopards, in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Simba went behind after just six minutes when Said Ndembla blasted into his own net in an attempt to clear the danger. The Msimbazi Reds who started with their second string side under Coach Amri Said, reorganized and piled up pressure on their opponents but wasted a host of chances.

Skilful winger Ramadhan Singano went close to levelling the score in the 16th minute, when his clever chip hit the crossbar. Singano, who was tantalizing the South African side defenders with his pace and tricks went close again in the 25th minute. He drilled a shot outside the 18-metres, forcing keeper to spill it off to a fruitless corner kick.

In the dying minutes of the first half Singano forced himself inside the box but his shot was again cleared by the keeper. A minute after the restart Singano was at it again, this time he turned a defender inside out but was blocked by the keeper.

Black Leopards lost two matches against Yanga, going down 3-2 in the first match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, before losing 2-1 in the second match at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Wednesday. Black Leopards under caretaker coach Abel Makhubela are in the country for a week's training camp.

Lidoda Duvha are preparing for the second half of the South Africa's PSL season. Meanwhile, as part of its sponsorship, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager has handed over football kits to Simba and Yanga for the next round of the Mainland Premier League kicking off this weekend.

The Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand Manager, George Kavishe said: "Simba and Yanga are undoubtedly the greatest clubs in Tanzania and both have reached major milestones over the years. We are very proud to be supporting these clubs in their quest for the forthcoming top flight league glory."

He added that Kilimanjaro Premium Lager as a main sponsor of Simba and Yanga sees its association with these clubs as a perfect partnership and best platform to develop Tanzanian football. "This is why we are today (yesterday) providing home and away kits, footballs, shin guards, bibs, training boots, casual wear, gloves, socks and many other items that would enable the two teams to play and enjoy their games wearing high quality kits.

"The partnership between Kilimanjaro Premium Lager and these clubs is rooted in shared values such as teamwork, integrity and the pursuit of excellence. As a brand, this is also our opportunity to use the positive associations with Simba and Yanga for our communications and to project these attributes onto the image of our brand.

We remain committed to these great clubs and as we always say, our aim is to take football in the country to the greater heights," he said.

The Brand Manager also said that Kilimanjaro Premium Lager's association and involvement in football, not only contributes to the growth of soccer in Tanzania, it also assists in creating excitement and attracting many more soccer enthusiasts and at the same time positions Tanzanian footballers among credible international line-ups.

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