Dewji confident of Simba’s win         

06Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Dewji confident of Simba’s win         

SIMBA SC said they are geared up for today’s CAF Champions League’s quarterfinal match against TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that will take place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Simba Sports Club

Speaking yesterday, Simba’s investor Mohammed Dewji, who is popularly known as MO, said he is confident that his team will carry the day today.

He said Simba have all what it takes to tame the DRC soccer giants at the venue.

The business magnet said Simba players are ready to fight right up to the final whistle to bring pride to the country.

Dewji said for this to be achieved there is a need for all soccer loving people in the country, especially those of Dar es Salaam and surrounding areas, to flock to the National Stadium and cheer their team.

He said supporters play a very crucial role in the results of any team.

"Supporters are very important, we ask all football loving Tanzanians to come to the National Stadium and cheer their team,” he insisted.

“Having a stadium full to its capacity motivates the home side to do well as well as create an intimidating atmosphere for the visitors... buy tickets now.”

He said he draws his inspiration from the fact that Simba have not lost any game at the National Stadium during this season’s CAF campaign.

He disclosed the initial target of his side was to reach the group stage of the competition, but now it has changed and they are aiming at possibly reaching the final of the competition.

"The recent statics shows that Simba are leading in filling the stadium when they are playing home, we are asking anyone who loves football to come and cheer our team,” he disclosed.

“You should cheer the team throughout the 90 minutes, despite any circumstance during the game, you should cheer the team up to the final whistle, God willing we will emerge victorious,” he said.

Dewji also assured his club’s supporters that the outfit wishes to compete in the next year’s CAF Champions League.

He also said his club is looking to the bright future and it cannot allow such influential players like Meddie Kagere and Clatous Chama to leave the club at this stage.

In an earlier interview, Simba’s information officer, Haji Manara, said come what may, his team is prepared for a win in today match, noting they have done that before and they are geared to replicate the feat in today’s match.

"Neither threat nor intimidation will stop us from winning today’s match, we are very ready for them, I am asking all football loving people in the country to come in big number to cheer their team,” he said.

Simba’s head coach Patrick Aussems in previous interviews said his charges are ready to face TP Mazembe that has a good history in CAF games.

He said today’s match will be very difficult but his charges are ready for any situation as the aim is to record victory at home.

Aussems further said despite Mazembe having some top and experienced player, football is played on the pitch.

"We are very ready for the game, my players are all ready to face TP Mazembe, they are a good side with vast experience in CAF games, but football is played on the pitch and I am sure my boys will do all they can to record good results,” he said.

With Aussems as head coach, Simba have this season won all of their matches in the continental competition at the National Stadium.

The Tanzania giants beat Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini, Zambia giants Nkana, JS Saoura of Algeria, Al Ahly of Egypt and AS Vita of DRC.

The Belgian tactician is today expected to maintain his usual squad with Aishi Manula between the posts, as well as Paschal Wawa, Erasto Nyoni, Zana Coulibaly and Mohamed Hussein in defense.

Coulibaly and Hussein will have to overlap on the right and left sides to supply balls to strikers John Bocco and Emmanuel Okwi.

Nicholas Gyan, Chama, Jonas Mkude and James Kotei will hold the midfield while upfront will be consisting of Bocco, Okwi and Kagere.

TP Mazembe who have so far intensified their mind games ahead of today’s match, they arrived in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday and, on their social media page, the team has alleged that Simba do not practice sportsmanship.

The Lubumbashi-based club alleged that Simba use their information officer Haji Manara to intimidate the visitors by among other things spraying toxics in visiting team’s dressing room, the substance weakens opposition players.

TP Mazembe said they have asked Confederation of African Football (CAF) to intervene to see to it that the best team wins.

However, Manara, in his Instagram post responded by saying all allegations are baseless, given he is among other things not a player that will influence results on the pitch.

David Mwakasu, who heads the technical panel of TP Mazembe is reported to have said his team is ready for the encounter and they are aiming at emerging victorious.

After today game, the two sides will meet in DRC and the aggregate winner will qualify for the semi-finals.

Today’s match referee is Mustafa Ghorbal from Algeria and he will be assisted by Mahmoud Ahmed Kamel from Egypt and Mokrane Gourari also from Egypt.




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