Sam Ssimbwa opened his Somalia account on a losing note when the Ocean Stars were beaten 4-1 by Sports Club Victoria University in a friendly played at Namboole Stadium on Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This is part of Somalia’s preparations for this month’s Cecafa Tusker Cup that kicks off on Saturday in Kampala.
Ssimbwa, who says a quarterfinal finish for the Stars will give him great satisfaction, was facing his local employers, Victoria, who granted him permission to coach Somalia for the Cecafa duration of two weeks.
Ilic Milos’ brace and two more goals from Lawrence Bakiranze and Patrick Owori ensured the university side triumphed. Yusuf Mohammed got Somalia’s consolation.
Victoria went ahead in the 34th minute when Savio Kabugo lofted the ball into the path of Milos, who controlled beautifully before shooting past Ahmed Abdal, who was off his line.
Lawrence made it 2-0 six minutes later when he emphatically completed Noah Ssemakula and Geoffrey Ssimbwa’s interplay.
Hussein Jama threatened to pull one back for Somalia moments later but Victoria goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyowa was in the right place.
The Ocean Stars did get their reward when Mohammed curled in a beautiful ball from an indirect free kick with nine minutes left.
But this was Milos game, the Serb picking the ball from the middle of the park and striking from over 40 yards to make it 3-1. Owori added icing to the cake, completing the rout with three minutes left.