Aussems slams Prisons' defensive-minded tactics

09Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aussems slams Prisons' defensive-minded tactics

SIMBA Sports Club head coach Patrick Aussems has taken a swipe at Tanzania Prisons’ playing style after his side was forced into a goalless stalemate by the latter in a Vodacom Premier League match, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

Simba SC head coach, Patrick Aussems.

The Belgian tactician, aged 54, said there were no excuses for Simba SC’s lack of efficiency upfront but Prisons’ defensive-minded approach is not what the beautiful game is all about.

“Two completely different playing styles this afternoon, one team which is playing football and another one which was only thinking to defend and use counter attacks,” Aussems took to his Twitter account to complain about Prisons’ approach.

“We need to respect this but football is not the beautiful game for everyone, we tried but we weren't efficient enough!”

The draw, played out in front of former Simba SC vice-president, Geoffrey Nyange ‘Kaburu’ who made his first appearance at a match since being released on bail following his two-year incarceration for multiple charges, extended Simba’s lead at the top of the league by four points.

Simba SC fans flooded to Twitter and other social media networks to voice their thoughts on Aussems comments.

The supporters, on the one hand, felt the former Al Hilal coach is simply getting his excuses after failing to adjust his tactics considering the gulf in budgets between the two clubs.

“Is defending and counter attacking not part of football?!! Why didn't you have an alternative plan B (thought you never had one)?” a soccer enthusiast, Stephen Nyamwihula, mused in response to Aussems’ post-match comment.

“It is football, but poor approach and performance from you and some of the players, missing key players like Muzamil Yassin and Miraji Athuman, delayed substitution of Deo Kanda were big mistakes today,” Hassan Mtebwa, said.

“Let us focus on the next games but please do more changes, we need better results.”

Simba SC information officer, Haji Manara, on the other hand, took a different approach to his coach and singled out Prisons’ coach, Mohamed Rishard, for praise.

“Congratulations to Rishard, you contained us, you are really a good coach, your away approach was spot on considering you came up against a team as good as ours!”

“Congratulations to Prisons, it was a tough game today! Alhamdulillah for the one point earned.’’

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