Bocco's heroics help Simba beat Maji maji 4-0
Bocco and Emmanuel Okwi were heroes in Simba’s voluminous win over hapless Majimaji at the National Stadium in Dar es salaam on Sunday

Okwi and Bocco netted a brace as Simba punished Majimaji 4-0 to seal a five-point lead over their closest pursuers, Azam and seven points superior to their rivals, Young Africans.

The win was also a good reward to their new coach Pierre Lechantre who officially started his by commanding the technical bench assisted by Masoud Djuma in Sunday’s encounter.

Simba are leading the league with 35 points while Azam who bowed 2-1 to Yanga remained second with 30 points while the third placed Yanga sail on 28 points. It took them just 16 minutes to break the deadlock.

It was John Bocco who broke the deadlock after heading home a rebound from Shiza Kichuya corner kick. The goal put Majimaji off balance for a while as their players failed to find means to overcome Simba’s cracking. Simba dictated terms with numerous raids directed to Majimaji goal. The efforts paid off ten minutes later, when Bocco headed home the second goal, this time from a long ball.

Majimaji had their moments too into the match as they were able to drive perfectly from the back, but could not find good partnership upfront to trouble Simba defenders as well as their custodian Aishi Manula, who stood firm at his post.

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Ugandan hitman Emmanuel Okwi added the third goal for his side in 57th minute as he connected home a cross from Shiza Kichuya.

Few minutes later, Okwi missed a glittering chance as he was left with only keeper Malande who punched away his powerful close range. In 68th minute, solo effort from Bocco earned Simba their fourth goal on the day courtesy of Okwi whose left-leg volley inside the box penetrated to the far right corner of Majimaji goal beating Malande in the process.

Singida United’s win placed them fourth on the table with 27 points, a single point behind third-placed Young Africans. Meanwhile, Alexander Sanga reports that Njombe Mji Assistant coach, Mrage Kabange has applauded his squad after forcing a 2-2 draw with the hosts Mwadui FC at Mwadui complex on Saturday.

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