January 20, 2021

Bocco, Miquissone help Simba SC outwit Namungo FC to seal season treble

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The two scored in the first half to ensure Wekundu Wa Msimbazi, after retaining the league title, bag the domestic trophy

Simba SC sealed a season treble after beating Namungo FC 2-1 in the FA Cup final match at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Sumbawanga.

The 21-time league champions also won the Community Shield when they defeated Azam FC in August last year.

Captain John Bocco and Luis Miquissone provided the vital goals that ensured the Dar es Salaam side head back home as the champions for the FA competition.

After 35 minutes of failed attempts to break an otherwise tight Namungo’s backline, Simba finally got a hard-fought opener through Miquissone’s strike.

The Mozambican who has proved to be an undroppable figure for coach Sven Vandenbroeck scored an important goal and further showed why his January signing was never a gamble.

Shomari Kapombe delivered a swinging cross into the penalty box but Bocco was denied the opportunity to strike as the opponents swarmed around him. But as Namungo concentrated too much on Bocco, the ball fell on Miquissone’s path and the winger just slotted home.

Bocco added the second goal four minutes after Miquissone had registered the opener and ensured Simba headed into the break with a rather healthy lead of 2-0.

Bocco headed into the net after Miquissone provided him with a ball higher enough to head in a sparingly crowded area.

The Tanzanian, in the absence of Meddie Kagere, worked hard and ensured the club will not miss the Rwandan talisman as he fired home the winning goal for the league champions.

With nine league goals, Bocco has turned out to be Simba’s dependable captain and goal scorer even though he had to battle a knee injury and returned in the second round.

As Vandenbroeck fielded a strong side for the domestic tournament finale, Kagere was the only regular starter that was benched with the goal-hunting mission placed on the shoulders of Bocco, Clatous Chama, Francis Kahata and Miquissone.

Namungo equalized in the 57th minute when Edward Charles Manyama managed to beat Aishi Manula in Simba goal as the affair in Sumbawanga turned into an end to end encounter.

Vandenbroeck has now registered a successful short stint at Wekundu wa Msimbazi as he has lifted the league title and the cup in his maiden season in Tanzania.

The biggest test perhaps lies ahead for the former Zambian national team coach as he has to ensure Simba do well in the Caf Champions League’s 2020/21 season.

Last season, under Patrick Aussems, the club was eliminated in the preliminary round by UD Songo of Mozambique, a side that their current arsenal Miquissone served diligently then.

The winger scored the goal that eliminated Simba in Dar es Salaam in August 2018.

Namungo, who finished fourth on the league standings, may as well count their season a success given that they have already booked a Confederation Cup slot by virtue of reaching the FA Cup final.

The big test for coach Thierry Hitimana will come when the team shall face continental rivals and try to better the league’s performance in the 2020/21 campaign. 

Simba become the first team to ever bag the FA Cup more than once in the history of Tanzanian domestic competition.

Miquissone was picked as the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.