Tanzania’s Simba mauled by Kenya’s Tusker in Dar es salaam
Kenya defending Premier League Champions Tusker FC registered a resounding statement with a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Simba Sports Club of Tanzania in a thrilling International friendly match staged on Saturday at the Dar es Salaam National Stadium.
In attendance, was Simba new French born coach Patrick Liewig who arrived barely few hours before the match kick off to link up with the team. He suffered in silence as his team conceded two goals before the breather with former Mathare United forward Jesse Were scoring a hat trick.
The siren rung even louder in the 54th minute when Fredrick Onyango latched on a through pass from Justin Monda to slam the ball home that saw fans start making their exit in deep disappointment.
This was the second win for Tusker in three days, having beaten Yanga FC 1-0 last wednesday in another friendly clash. The Kenya side is camping in Tanzania ahead of the eight-team Zanzibari Mapinduzi Cup slated to kick-off on January 2 January 2013.
Tusker will head to Zanzibar for the Mapinduzi Cup where they have been drawn against Simba, Jamhuri and Bandari both from Zanzibar.
The Kenyan champions are using the three weeks’ tour in Tanzania and Zanzibar to prepare ahead of the new season that will also see them represent Kenya in the Orange champions League. Tusker has been drawn against St. Michel of Seychelles in the first round to be played mid February.
Simba are also shaping up ahead of the second leg of the Tanzanian League that kicks off on January 26. The “reds” are also preparing for the CAF Champions League where they are set to face off with Recreativo Libolo of Angola.
Both Tusker and Simba have been grouped in Zone A in the Mapinduzi Cup along with Bandari and Jamhuri both from Zanzibar. Zone B has attracted Tanzania money spenders Azam, Miembeni from Zanzibar, two Tanzania mainland sides Mtibwa Sugar and Coastal Union that boast of Kenya’s and former Tusker midfielder Jerry Santos.