Simba Sports Club was crowned as champion of the 2022 Mapinduzi Cup tournament

2022 Mapinduzi Cup:

  • Final: Simba 1-0 Azam

Semifinals

  • Simba 2-0 Namungo
  • Azam 0 (9) – 0 (8) Young Africans

Individual Awards:

  • Tournament Best Player: Pape Sakho (Simba)
  • Top scorer: Medie Kagere (Simba)
  • Best Goalkeeper: Aishi Manula (Simba)

Simba Sports Club won the 2022 Mapinduzi Cup tournament at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar on Thursday, 13th January.

Striker Meddie Kagere scored the all-important goal during Simba’s 1-0 win over Azam.

Kagere, a Ugandan-born turned Rwandese forward, struck a penalty past goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya in Azam’s goalposts.

Mediie Kagere (right) celebrates after scoring the penalty past Mathias Kigonya
Meddie Kagere (middle) dribbles past Azam players

Simba defended gallantly to win the close contest and lift the trophy as well as the gold medals.

Simba had defeated Namungo 2-0 in the semifinals. They had earlier humiliated rivals Young Africans 4-1, drawn goal-less with Mlandege, and beaten Selem View Academy 2-0.

Azam eliminated Young Africans 9-8 in post-match penalties after normal time of the semi-finals ended scoreless.

Individual Accolades

Simba had a clean sweep of the individual accolades. Pape Sakho was the most valuable player (MVP).

Kagere took the golden boot as top scorer and Aishi Manula won the golden gloves as best tournament goalkeeper.

This year’s tournament was held to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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