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Five talking points from Simba draw with Masry

13:03 GMT 08/03/2018
Goal looks back on some of the main talking points from the match

Emmanuel Okwi netted a 74th minute equalizer as Simba SC drew at home with Al Masry in the CAF Confederation Cup first leg tie. 

Simba SC broke the deadlock in the 11th minute through John Bocco who scored from a penalty. The visitors deservedly restored parity one minute later through Ahmed Gomaa then went ahead in the 26th through Ahmed Shoukry. 

Goal looks back on some of the main talking points from that match. 

Slow start cost Simba SC 

Simba SC did not start the game strongly as many people expected. They were not efficient when they had the ball and lacked creativity in the final third. This helped the visitors to be on top of the game. In this kind of game it is better to act fast and score an important goal at the early stage of the game. 

Tactical substitutions helped Simba SC although it was too late 

As the game went on, Pierre Lechantre decided to replace Yusuph Mlipili with Said Ndemla and that was the most important moment of the game. Ndemla changed the game to be in the Simba’s favor and brought some energy, pace, creativity towards the final third. However, this substitutions was delayed. Mlipili was poor and costed Simba the second goal. 

Ahmed Gomaa and Ahmed Shoukry are players to watch 

Before the game Goal, tipped the two players to watch in the Masry squad. Those players were Ahmed Gomaa and Ahmed Shoukry who both scored so it is very important tip again for Simba to watch these players in the return leg. 

Shomari Kampombe can be used in more central role 

One among Simba SC outstanding player was Shomar Kapombe. Since his return from injury he has been deployed as a right wing-back, however in the game against Masry he was used in the midfielder three with Jonas Mkude and James Kotei alongside him. 

He created some space for his fellow players but also he was used to minimize attacking threats of Masry. He was nearly everywhere in the pitch to seek for the balls. So it will be nice to see him deployed again in that role. 

The lights off in the stadium is shameful 

This is not the first time the lights to went out in the National Stadium. In 2011 when Yanga beat Simba in the CECAFA Cup final, something like this happened although the match had already finished. During that time, the authority took all the responsibilities and promised that there will be no such kind of that thing in that modern stadium.  

However, seven years later something like that happen again in the big match. This is shameful in the Tanzania football and we have to act fast.