Meanwhile, Azam FC launched their Kagame Cup debut with a 1-1 draw against Zanzibar envoy Mafunzo in a group B encounter at the Chamazi Stadium in the city yesterday, while Vita Club of Congo demolished Port of Djibouti 7-0 in the early kick-off staged at the same venue.
The Simba-URA game started at a cracking pace with both sides to draw the first blood and succeeded in creating several half chances that none of the two teams could translate into goals.
Simba threatened to take the lead a minute later following a good move by Milovan Cirkovic’s side, which saw, Mudde Mussa play a nice through ball to marauding Mwinyi Kazimoto who beat defender Derrick Walulya before taking aim at goal but his shot went inches wide.
URA stunned Simba when they took the lead in the 11th minute through Feni who rose above Simba defenders, Juma Nyosso and Obadia Mungusa to meet a beautiful Oscar Agaba’s cross from the left flank, before beating goalkeeper Juma Kaseja from almost 18 yards with a well directed header.
The goal seemingly unsettled Simba and Ssentongo, playing against his former side, went close to double his side’s lead few minutes later after he beat his markers only to put his effort wide with only Kaseja at his mercy.
Simba’s Zambian striker Felix Sunzu and Ugandan midfielder Mudde Mussa were thwarted by the impressive URA custodian Mugabi Yasin who made several key saves to maintain his team’s 1-0 advantage at the interval.
Simba picked up in the second half with Kanu Mbiyavanga running rings around the URA defence, but Derrick Walulya stood firm thwarting every move.
A well-organized and disciplined URA defence tightened up things on resumption making it harder for Simba attackers.
Cirkovic was forced into reshuffling his parks by bringing in striker Abdallah Juma in place of ineffective Mrwanda and later on Haruna Moshi replaced Mbiyavanga, with Amri Kiemba giving way to Uhuru Selemani.
The subs hardly changed the complexion of the game, with Ugandan side still looking the more composed team on the pitch, while Simba completely failed to break up URA’s watertight defence.
Ssentengo went close once again on the 72nd minute when he drew a fine save from Kaseja. The diminutive attacker outmuscled Mungusa on the right and found his way into the box before unleashing a powerful low shot that Kaseja managed to tip around the post for a futile corner.
Feni effectively ended Simba’s hopes of at least securing a draw from the fixture after he planted home the second goal with a diving header as URA again reasserted their dominancy over the Tanzania side, who have never won against the Ugandan outfit.
Simba: Juma Kaseja, Haruna Shamte, Amir Maftah, Obadia Mungusa, Juma Nyoso,Mussa Mudde, Felix Sunzu, Amri Kiemba/Uhuru Seleman, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Danny Mrwanda/Abdalla Juma, Kanu Mbiyavanga/Haruna Moshi ‘Boban.
URA: Yassin Mugabi, Simeon Massa, Alan Munaaba, Derrick Walulya, Samuel Ssenkoomi, Oscar Agaba, Ali Feni, Owen Kasule/Augustine Nsumba, Ssentongo, Said Kyeyune/ Sula Bagala, Yayo Lutimba/Farouk Wejuli.
AS Port 0 - AS Vita Club 7
Taddy Etekiama, a supremely gifted attacker broke the resistance of the Djibouti side in the 24th minute to give Vita Club the lead , then went on to a total of four, with more strikes in the 30th, 74th and 84th minute (penalty).
The other scorers were: Romaric Rogombe (21st minute), Emmanuel Ngudikama (34th) and Basilua Makola (69th).
The overawed AS Port had tried to strengthen their team in preparation for the tournament, recruiting no less than six foreign from Rwanda (three), Cameroon (two), Somalia and Kenya.
Twin attackers Jean Bosco Gasana, a Rwandan and Roland Ayuk Agbor , a Cameroonian, tried the best they could for a goal but found themselves lacking pace to chase several good through balls provided by their midfield.
The other side in this three-team Group ‘C’ is Kenyan champions Tusker whose coach, Sammy Omollo, spent time at Chamazi watching the action and plotting his team’s response in matches on Thursday, July 19 [v Mafunzo] and Saturday, July 21 against Azam.
AS PORT - 1. Khalid Ali Moursal: 5. Kadal Abass Abaneh (captain), 4. Jean Paul Niyibabariba, 21. Mahdi Ahmed Moumin, 6. Abdourrahman Isman Idriss, 11. Riyad Said Awad, 8. Ahmed-Id Mahamoud, 16. Vincent Taboko Agbor, 9. Roland Ayuk Agbor, 20. Daher Hassan Ali, 3. Jean Bosco Gasama
Reserves not used - 18. Sahal Omar Ismail, 24. Omar Mohamed Ahmed, 2. Mohamed Omar Arab, 19. Chirdon Osman Farah, 12. Gamal Ali Said, 10. Mohamed Idriss Mohamed, 25. Abdillahi Hamadou Houmed
Coach - Issa Mvuyeruse [Burundi]
AS VITA CLUB - 16. Nelson Lukong: 9. Ilifo Ilonga (captain)21. Issama Mpeko, 3. Simbi Embunga, 15. Lema Mampuya, 26. Tshimanga Mutamba, 2. Romaric Rogombe, 14. Mutombo Kazadi, 25. Taddy Etekiama, 19. Lema Mubidi, 23. Emmanuel Ngudikama
Reserves not used - 1. Matadi Mankutima, Gk; 12. Magola Mapanda, 6. Pambani Makiadi, 4. Niemba Nkanu, 13. Basilua Makola, 10. Emomo Ngoyi, 24. Alfred Mfongang
Scorers - 25. Taddy Etekiama (24’, 30’, 74’, 84’, penalty) 2. Romaric Rogombe (21’), 23. Emmanuel Ngudikama (34’), 13. Basilua Makola (69’)
Coach - Patrick Banichay
Azam 1 - Mafunzo 1
AZAM - 27. Deogratius Munishi: 13. Aggrey Moris, 26. Wazir Omary, 6. Erasto Nyoni, 12. Joseph Owino, 8. Salum Salum, 17. Ramadhan Chombo, 29. Bolou Kipre (25. Jabir Aziz, 69’), 10. Tchetche Kipre (22. Mcha Khamis, 66’), 19. John Bocco, 16. Mrisho Ngassa (7. George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, 79’)
Reserves not used - 1. Ally Mwadini, Gk; 21. Ibrahim Shikanda, 15. Said Morad, 18. Gaudence Mwaikimba
Scorer - 19. John Bocco (27’)
Coach - Stewart J Hall [England]
MAFUNZO - 1. Khalid Mohad Haji: 5. Ismael Khamis Amour, 6. Ally Juma Hassan, 18. Said Mussa Shaaban, 4. Yussuf Makame Juma (17. Sadiq Habib Rajab, 83’), 16. Salum Said Shebe, 10. Ally Othman Mmanga, 13. Juma Othman Mmanga, 17. Suleiman Kassim Suleiman, 14. Jaku Joma Jaku, 15. Mohamed Abdul Rahim (8. Wahid Ibrahim Hashim , 83’)
Reserves not used - 22. Salum Mohammed Mpangani, Gk; 2. Haji Abdi Hassan, 9. Bakar Ayoub Shaaban, 11. Kheir Salum Kheir, 3. Sabit Mohamed Abdulla
Scorer - 6. Ally Juma Hassan (46’)
Coach - Hemed Suleiman Morocco
TANZANIA DAILY NEWS / KPL
RESULTS, FIXTURES & STANDINGS
15/07 : Vita Club vs. Port 7-0
15/07 : Simba vs. URA 0-2
18/07 : Vita Club vs. URA
18/07 : Port vs. Simba
20/07 : Port vs. URA
21/07 : Simba vs. Vita Club
15/07 : Azam vs. Mafunzo 1-1
19/07 : Mafunzo vs. Tusker
21/07 : Azam vs. Tusker
14/07 : APR vs. Wau Salaam 7-0
14/07 : Young Africans vs. Athlético 0-2
17/07 : Athlético Olmpic vs. APR
17/07 : Wau Salaam vs. Young Africans
19/07 : Athlético Olympic vs. Wau Salaam
20/07 : Young Africans vs. APR
23/07 : B2 vs. C2 (1)
23/07 : A1 vs. C3 (2)
24/07 : C1 vs. A2 (3)
24/07 : B1 vs. A3 (4)
26/07 : (1) vs. (2)
26/07 : (3) vs. (4)