By Amini Nyaungo
Simba Sports Club returned to league action with a thumping 5-0 demolition to Mwanza’s Mbao FC in the ongoing Vodacom Mainland Premier League encounter at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday.
Simba’s Uganda international striker Emmanuel Okwi scintillating form continued, after netting a brace.
The match was tough as expected. Mbao FC lost due to individual errors that witnessed defender David Mwasa causing 3 goals through deflections.
The first half ended with Simba Sports Club leading 2 goals after Shiza Kichua scored 38 minutes after kick off following cruel deflection of Mbao FC defender David Mwasa.
VPL top goal scorer Emmanuel Okwi netted his 15th goal of the VPL season thanks to a penalty after 41 minutes giving Simba a lead in the first half.
Second half was full of entertainment, as Simba continued with the same pace giving them another chance to score in the 69th minute by Okwi and later Versatile defender who came in after 82 minutes.
Ghanaian Nicholas Gyan grabbed his side’s fourth two minutes later, from a rebound.
Frustration was building up on Mbao FC players, and the captain was given his marching order after a reckless foul on Simba striker Laudit Mavugo. The referee gave him a second yellow and a red which sent him packing.
With the 5 goals win, the Msimbazi giants reach 45 points this season topping the Premier League after playing 19 games
A total of 284 goals so far has been scored by all premier league sides this season.
Simba Lineup: Aishi Manula, Shomary Kapombe, Asante Kwasi, Yusuf, Mlipili, Erasto Nyoni, Jonas Mkude, James Kotei, Shiza Kichuya, Said Ndemla, Emanuel Okwi and Nicholus Gyan.
Mbao FC lineup: Yvan Rugumandye, Vicent Philipo, David Mwasa, Yusuph Ndikumana, Ibrahim Njohole, George Sangija, James Msuva, Habib Kyombo, Emanuel Mvyenkure and Aboubakary Mfaume.