Thursday, May 23
Simba SC (Tanzania) 4-5 Sevilla (Spain)
Simba SC, home to Uganda’s striker Emmanuel Okwi, squandered a two goal cushion on two occasions, before succumbing to Sevilla’s class.
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Sevilla are the second oldest sporting club in Spain. They have won the La Liga title once, copa del rey five times and as many Europa League cups.
The Spanish side that finished sixth in the concluded season, visited Tanzania with an 18 man squad on Tuesday before a match on Thursday at the National Stadium.
The game was part of the La Liga World Challenge powered by SportPesa initiative, and forms part of the wider La Liga World Challenge project, which aims to promote Spanish football throughout the world.
Simba was chosen to face Sevilla after finishing second to Kariobangi Sharks in the SportPesa Cup. The latter will face English side Everton FC.
Sevilla, down by two in the 85th minute, needed Quincy Promes equaliser and a late Manuel Nolito winner in added time to survive a shocker.
Two quick goals from John Bocco and Meddie Kagere gave Simba a comfortable lead inside 15 minutes, but Sergio Escudero volleyed in off Ever Banega’s corner kick to halve the deficit. Bocco made it 3-1 before halftime, benefiting from Sevilla’s poor defense transition in a counterattack.
Nolito made it 3-2 from the long break off a good assist from Brian Gill who was among Sevilla’s six changes to their squad at the break. However, Clautus Chuma made sure that Simba regain their two goal advantage with a good strike.
But Simba could not hold on to their dearest lives.
Manula, Clatous, Okwi, Nyoni, Mkude, Kagere, Hussein, Niyonzima, Wawa, Coulibably and Bocco.
Subs – Mlipili, Munishi, Gyan, Dilunga, Yassin, Salamba and Juma.
Juan Soriano, Jesús Navas, Kjaer, Sergi Gómez, Escudero, Franco Vázquez, Banega, Roque Mesa, Promes, Nolito and Ben Yedder.
Subs – Gnagnon, Aleix Vidal, Arana, Amadou, Munir and Bryan