By Habakuki Urio
On their first outing into the continental competition, Tanzania’s Simba Sc outclassed Gendarmarie Tnare of Djibouti 4-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam Sunday.
The win gives the Tanzanian side an edge before the return leg away in Djibouti in two weeks’ time.
Midfielder Said Hamisi Ndemla, strikers John Raphael Bocco (captain), and Emmanuel Raphael Okwi were all on target to hand Simba a much-needed win in their first appearance in Africa in four years.
In the game that was officiated by Alier Michael James with assistants Abdallah Suleiman Gassim and Gassi, Madir Dehiya, Simba returns to the changing rooms at halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Said Ndemla opened the scoring on the first minute of the encounter from a well taken free kick from 20 meters out, after a foul on striker Bocco.
Bocco was on target after 32 minutes with a magnificent header after Gendarmarie custodian lost his footing in the build-up to the goal.
The former Azam FC striker grabbed his second of the game and third goal for Simba after 45 minutes with a header after finishing off a nice delivery from his fellow striker, Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi.
Simba under the stewardship of Frenchman Pierre Lechantre and assistants Mohamed Aymen Hbibi from Tunisia, Burundian Masoud Juma, and local keeper coach Muharami Mohamed let their feet off the gas in the second half.
Gendarmarie had the chance to reduce the deficit after 50 minutes after Abdorahim Mohamed to be felled in the area, but Moustapha Moussa could not be able to convert the resulting penalty after Tanzania International goalkeeper, Aishi Manula made an outstanding save.
Ugandan Okwi made the results beyond the visitors after 90 minutes, after finishing off a pass from versatile defender Erasto Nyoni.
Earlier before kick-off, Tanzania ex-President Alhaj Ali Hassan Mwinyi had the chance to speak with Simba player to wish them luck.
Simba: Aishi Manula, Shomary Kapombe, Asante Kwasi, Erasto Nyoni, Yussuph Mlipili, Jonas Mkude, Shiza Kichuya/Muzamil Yassin 72’, Said Ndemla/Mwinyi Kazimoto 75’, James Kotei, John Bocco and Emmanuel Okwi.
Gendarmerie Tnale: Bilal Ahmed, Houmaye Ali, Samatar Hassan, Moustapha Moussa/Yabeh Idriss 58’, Mohamed Idris, Moussa Youssouf, Abdorahim Mohamed/Kader Aden 80’, Mohamed Mogbel, Ahmed Aden, Souhaib Ismil/Osman Mohamed 55’ and Andre Rene.