Simba Completes Sweep Of Tanzania Trophies With FA Cup Win
Simba wrapped up a hugely successful domestic season by clinching the Tanzania FA Cup, as they defeated ten-man Yanga 1-0 in the final at the Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma on Sunday evening.
The result, secured by a late goal from Tandeo Lwanga, saw the Msimbazi Reds complete a treble of trophies for the 2020-21campaign, adding to their successes in the Community Shield and Tanzania Mainland Premier League.
Simba looked the livelier team in the opening minutes and created half-chances for the mercurial Luis Miquissone, though the midfielder was not able to trouble goalkeeper Faroul Shikhalo with either.
Yanga posed a major threat with their pace on the break and Tusisila Kisinda was perhaps unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when he threatened to get in behind the Simba defence in the 14th minute and had a tangle of legs with the back-tracking Mohamed Hussein.
On the half hour mark Miquissone was a menace to the defence again, as he ran onto a clever reverse ball from John Bocco, but Shikhalo came quickly off his line to make a block with his legs.
The closest the game came to a goal in the first half was a looping header in the 38 minute but Simba goalkeeper Aishi Manula made a brilliant finger-tip save to push the effort over his crossbar.
In first half stoppage time Yanga were reduced to ten men after Mukoko Tonombe was sent off after a reckless elbow on Simba captain John Bocco.
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, with Simba seeing most of the ball, although both sides struggled to create any openings due to the congestion in the middle of the park.
After a barren spell in the second half, Simba eventually broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, as Lwanga did well to eliminate Ditram Nchimbi on air with a powerful header past Shikhalo.
The lead could have been doubled in the 82nd minute, Lwanga turned provider to thread a pass to Bernard Morrison, but the attacker blasted over from 12-yards out