Meddie Kagere was on target again as Simba SC defeated Gwambina FC 3-0 to go second on the Tanzania Mainland League table.
In the absence of captain John Raphael Bocco, Meddie Kagere had a chance to once again prove his doubters wrong and convince coach Sven Vandenbroeck that he still has it.
The champions came into the match aiming at getting maximum points against the top-flight newbies who had managed to get just a point from their initial three games played.
The hosts looked lively from the word go, but they had to wait until the 40th minute when the 33-year-old Ugandan born Rwanda forward nodded in a corner to give the fans something to smile about at half-time. This was his second goal in as many starts this season.
Wekundu wa Msimbazi came back stronger with a hunger for more goals, while Gwambina looked unassured with their display.
Larry Bwalya was fouled in a promising position, and Ivorian defender Pascal Wawa opted to take the resulting free-kick. His fierce strike took a slight deflection and beat the custodian to double the advantage in favour of the hosts.
Chris Mugalu completed an excellent night with a third goal in stoppage-time to ensure his team moved into second position.
They have 10 points, two less than Azam FC who had collected three points earlier on.
Zimbabwean striker Prince Dube scored with seconds to go, to help the former champions go top of the Tanzania Mainland League after a narrow 1-0 win against Tanzania Prisons.
It was the third goal for the forward in the four games the Ice-cream Makers have played.
The result put Azam on top of the table with 12 points. They remain the only team in the division to have won maximum points from their opening four matches. Meanwhile, Dodoma Jiji FC suffered a 3-0 win to the hands of their hosts Polisi Tanzania.
It took Polisi just 11 minutes to get the opening goal when Marcel Kaheza's free-kick was missed by everybody including the goalkeeper. It was a ball floated in from the right after a foul was committed by the defenders.
Former Yanga SC forward Tariq Seif doubled the advantage in the 39th minute.
Kaheza fooled the defenders, and the ball was well controlled by the former on his chest, before unleashing a volley which the custodian could do little to keep out.
In the 61st minute, Kaheza completed his brace. George Mpole spotted the unmarked Seif on the right. The striker took his time, spotted the advancing Kaheza, and crossed the ball to him and the latter tapped it into an empty net to ensure Polisi earned a 3-0 win.