Simba to play Sevilla FC in friendly 

01May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Simba to play Sevilla FC in friendly 

TANZANIA’s soccer giants, Simba Sports Club, will now play Spanish side, Sevilla FC, in a special international friendly match organized by SportPesa and scheduled to take place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on May 23.

Simba have been selected to play Sevilla FC due to the former’s best performances in the SportPesa Cup held in the country in January this year.

Earlier, there were a plan for the traditional rivals, Young Africans Sports Club and Simba to play special friendly match and the winners would get a chance to play against Sevilla FC.

The proposal failed due to the tight schedule for Simba and Young Africans in the ongoing Mainland Premier League as well as Azam Sports Federation Cup.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Secretary General, Wilfred Kidao, added another reason was the camp of the senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be held in Egypt in June.

Kidao said the two teams sponsor, SportPesa Tanzania, contacted them to solve the matter and approved Simba which qualified for the semi-final of the SportPesa Cup. Young Africans did not reach the stage.

“We did not favour Simba in the selection and we did not consider they are defending champions of the Mainland Premier League rather than Simba’s performances in the SportPesa Cup,” Kidao noted.

SportPesa Tanzania Director of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas, urged Simba to shape up ahead of the encounter due to the fact that Sevilla FC will use their first team.

“It is history for Simba and the country, good thing is the match would be televised by one of the biggest television stations in the world that will give field DStv and would be covered all over the world,” Tarimba noted.

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