Tanzania Premier League champions, Simba Sports Club threw away a two-goal lead to eventually lose 5-4 to La Liga side, Sevilla in a nine-goal thriller during a LaLiga World Tour fixture played on Thursday night.
In front of a raucous 35,000 crowd at the National Stadium in the Dar es Salaam, Simba raced out of the blocks, missing several clear cut chances but eventually rocking the five-time UEFA Europa League champions with goals from Meddie Kagere and Man of The Match John Bocco.
Sergio Escudero pulled one back for the visitors but Bocco, who is set to star for Tanzania’s Taiga Stars at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations next month restored his side’s two-goal cushion before the break.
Teenage striker Bryan Gil scored for the Spaniards just three minutes after coming on at the break only for Zambian Cleotus ‘Triple C’ Chama to score the fourth for the Tanzanian giants.
But the visitors who finished sixth in the Spanish La Liga had the last laugh. Dutch international winger Quincy Promes scoring a quick brace in the 85th and 89th minute before Nolito slotted home from the edge of the box in the 95th minute to end a thrilling night in Dar es Salaam.
It was Sevilla’s coach, Joaquin Caparros’ final game in charge of the team. The 63-year-old confirmed a chronic leukaemia diagnosis in April and will be moving into a backroom role to assist sporting director, Monchi.
Nine airlifted from Mogadishu to Turkey following terrorist attack
Nine people injured in a car bomb attack that occurred on Saturday in Afgoye, thirty kilometres north west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, were airlifted to Turkey on Tuesday morning for treatment. The airlift is the second medical evacuation of bomb attack victims in less than four weeks. Twenty one people were injured in the Afgoye attack that targeted Turkish construction workers who were having lunch with local police.
Turkey’s ambassador to Somalia, Mehmet Yilmaz confirmed that the nine to receive treatment in Turkey are three Turkish nationals and six Somalis.
While speaking at a news conference in Mogadishu, he reiterated that his country would continue to support Somalia despite a spate of recent attacks by Islamist group… al-Shabaab.
“This will not stop us from helping Somalia. We shall continue to work. Somalia and Turkey have good relations,” Yilmaz said.
A separate group of Turkish engineers constructing a road were among those hurt in a bombing that killed at least ninety people in December 2019.
On this matter, Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, met with the Turkish ambassador to Somalia and other officials in Mogadishu. He assured of his government’s commitment to providing adequate security for Turkish nationals.
“We thank our Turkish brothers for their support. The Somali government will take any action necessary to ensure the security of Turkish nationals,” Hassan Ali Khaire said.
Turkey has been a major donor to the Horn of Africa nation since 2011. It is involved in various initiatives such as military training, infrastructure development of roads, hospitals and amenities as well as other donor efforts.
U.S. conducts airstrike against al-Shabaab
The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), in support of the Federal Government of Somalia, conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists who engaged the Somali National Army, Danab Unit, near Bangeeni on Sunday, January 19. According to a statement from AFRICOM, the airstrike killed three militants.
“This airstrike targeted al-Shabaab fighters who pose a direct, immediate, and significant threat to our partner forces,” said Maj. Gen. William Gayler, the director of operation, U.S. Africa Command. “Al-Shabaab consists of terrorists and criminals who seek to export hate and violence more broadly. We remain committed to supporting our Somali partners and the security progress; together we are building in the region.”
The US military unit stationed in Africa aims to provide auxiliary support to the government of Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to increase security and seize ground from the al-Qaeda-aligned al-Shabaab.
Aston Villa sign Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta
27-year-old becomes first Tanzanian to play in the English Premier League
English Premier league side Aston Villa have completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta for £10m on a four-and-half-year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance.
The 27-year-old scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season including a goal against Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Villa manager Dean Smith hailed the signing “I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club, he has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Samatta makes history as the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League but will be unavailable for Villa’s home match against Watford on Tuesday.
Samatta who is captain of the Tanzanian national side expressed his joy at making the move “I’m so excited, it’s a huge step for me in my career. It’s a big step for the country too. Everyone was looking for a Tanzanian to play in the Premier League.
“I know a lot about Aston Villa. I used to watch Gabby Agbonlahor when he was here.”
Samatta is Villa’s third signing of the January transfer window following loan signings of midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea and goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan.
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