Tanzania's Simba put a foot in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup after managing a 4-0 home victory over Djibouti's Gendarmerie in the first leg of the preliminary round of the competition played on Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es salaam.
The Msimbazi side will head to Djibouti for the preliminary round return leg in top gear, as Gendarmerie need to score at least five unanswered goals to edge them out.
Led by the former Azam attacker, the Msimbazi side started the game on high note, taking the lead in the first minute when pivotal and talented midfielder Saidi Ndemla fired a 20 yards free kick past goalie Bilal Ahmed, earning the hosts an early lead.
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 continued their good start in the second half looking to add more goals, but Gendarmerie fought hard atleast to get an away goal.
Gendarmarie had the chance to reduce the deficit after 50 minutes after Abdorahim Mohamed was felled in the penalty box, but Moustapha Moussa could not convert the resulting penalty after Tanzania International goalkeeper, Aishi Manula made an outstanding save.
With his side leading 3-0 Manula made the pivotal save to claim another clean sheet.
Ugandan Okwi made the results beyond the visitors after finishing off a pass from versatile defender Erasto Nyoni.
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: 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.