Simba take league lead
The holders are returning to the helm of the table after ten rounds following the topple by rivals Yanga when they suffered their first premiership defeat to Police Dodoma at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on September 19.
Gumbo put Simba ahead after converting a penalty in the 24th minute when Kagera Sugar defender Godfrey Taita handed the ball in frantic efforts to clear Gumbo’s earlier corner kick.
Simba enjoyed the lone goal lead up to half time mark as the host side weighed the possibilities of drawing level.
While Kagera were looking forward to pull the equaliser, Gumbo was again on target after being set up by Simba’s Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi, twenty minutes into the second half.
Kagera tried in vain to find an equaliser but Simba defenders remained strong enough to thwart all the attacks.
Both teams were not satisfied by the referee’s decisions as Kagera Sugar coach Mrage Kabange deplored the poor officiating.
This is the second win for Simba against Kagera Sugar at their home ground since the season before the last.
Kagera is one of the two teams that halted Simba’s rollercoaster display when they held them to a 1-1 draw during the last season’s return leg tie at the same venue.
In Morogoro Mtibwa Sugar thrashed relegation-haunted AFC by three goals through one Saidi, Ali and Juma Jaffer after 23, 26 and 45th minutes, respectively.
Amani Simba, Said Mourad, Kenny Felix, Paul Joseph, Sunday Frank, Ali Lundenga, Godfrey Taita, Benjamin Asukile, Gaudence Mwaikimba, Jumanne Nade, George Kavila and George Mketo.
Juma Kaseja, Haruna Shamte, Amir Maftah, Juma Nyosso, Joseph Owino, Jerry Santo/ Mohamed Banka, Rashid Gumbo, Hillary Echessa, Emmanuel Okwi/Patrick Ochan, Mussa Mgosi and Amri Kiemba.