Simba SC coach Sven Vandenbroeck bemoaned some poor refereeing after his team’s highly charged 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Young Africans on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams clashed in an exciting encounter played at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in front of about 45 000 fans.
Vandenbroeck’s charges conceded a penalty in the 31st minute which Ghanaian Michael Sarpong converted with ease.
In the second half, the defending champions Simba had to claw back after an incessant fight courtesy of Kenya-born defender Joash Onyango’s glancing header. They finally got their goal with just four minutes before the end of the game and Vandenbroeck believes the result would have been different if the referee had been fair.
“We played a great second half with a lot of mentality, physical dominance. From the first second to the last we dominated them.
“If the referee had allowed us to play in the first half, the result could have been different. This felt like a win,” he told FARPost in a post match interview.
The referee Abdalah Mwinyimkuu made a number of questionable decisions during the game. At least thrice, Mwinyimkuu failed to give advantage when players were fouled.
The result meant Young Africans maintained their unbeaten run of the season in 10 matches, tallying 24 points to close the gap from the leaders Azam to a single point.
Simba remained third on the log with 20 points from 10 games coming to the international break where Tanzania will play North African giants Tunisia in a two legged double header.
Other Round 10 Results:
Azam 3-0 Dodoma Jiji; Mtibwa Sugar 0-1 Coastal Union; Mbeya City 1-1 Polisi Tanzania; Mwadui 1-1 Ruvu Shooting; Namungo 2-2 JKT Tanzania; Biashara United 1-1 KMC
By Mthokozisi Dube
reporting from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania