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Giants Simba, Yanga seal 2021 Mapinduzi Cup semi-final slots

Vodacom Tanzania Premier League top sides Simba SC and Young Africans (Yanga) have qualified for the semi-finals at the on-going 2021 Mapinduzi Cup in Zanzibar.

Fresh from qualifying for the group stage of the 2020/2021 Total CAF Champions League, Simba arrived late in Zanzibar to pick a 3-1 win against Chipukuzi FC and a 2-0 victory against Mtibwa Sugar on Saturday.

Hassan Dilunga and Miraji Athuman scored for Simba SC against the reigning Mapinduzi Cup champions Mtibwa Sugar.

“Although we do not have a full squad here since some players are with the national team preparing for the Africa Nations Championship, the players available are doing well,” said Simba’s care-taker coach Suleiman Matola.

Young Africans (Yanga) who kick started the tournament with a goalless draw against Jamhuri FC won their second game 1-0 against Namungo FC to sail through to the knock out round. But Namungo FC who stopped Jamhuri FC 2-0 also qualify as second best placed team in Group A.

Zanzibar Premier League reigning champions Mlandege FC who have two points from two draws in Group C will he hoping that there is an outright winner in the game between Azam FC and Malindi FC on Sunday in the last game of the group stage.

The Mapinduzi Cup is among the major activities carried out nationwide to mark the 57th anniversary of Zanzibar revolution.

Group A

                   P   W    D    L     GF    GA    A   Pts

Yanga         2    1     1     0       1        0      1    4

Namungo    2    1     0     1      2        1     1     3

Jamhuri       2    0     1     1       0       2     -2    1

Group B

                   P   W    D    L     GF    GA    A   Pts

Simba SC   2    2     0     0       5        1      4    6

Mtibwa       2    1     0     1       1       2     -1    3

Chipukuzi   2    0     1     1       1       4     -3    0

Group C

                   P   W    D    L     GF    GA    A   Pts

Mlandege   2    0     2     0       1        1      0    2

Azam FC    1     0     1     0       1        1      0    1

Malindi       1    0     1     0       0        0      0    1

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