SIMBA’S attacking midfielder Clatous Chama has reacted to his team’s 4-3 penalty loss to Wydad Casablanca saying it deeply wounded them.
Simba who lost 1-0 to the hosts Wydad Casablanca in Casablanca on Friday were eliminated after a narrow 4-3 penalty loss with Chama missing his spot kick.
“The loss has wounded us,” Chama said.
Still, he said, they will not lose hope; they will use the game’s downfall to evaluate themselves and return stronger.
Wydad Goalkeeper Youssef El Motie saved two penalties from Shomari Kapombe and Clatous Chama to help his team celebrate their chances to defend their silverware.
Simba scored spot-kicks through Erasto Nyoni, Saidi Ntibazonkiza, and Moses Phiri.
Wydad did not miss any penalty; they scored through their skipper Yahya Jebrane, Ayoub El Amloud, Amine Abdoulfath, and Abdellah Haimoud.
After the defeat, Chama remarked through his Twitter handle: “It was a great journey full of many mixed moments and emotions.
“on Saturday, we gave it all, but in the end, we can only accept our fate, thank God and move on to the next challenges ahead.”
He also thanked the club technical bench, president, and supporters for showing such love during their inter-club journey.
“To the players, technical staff, together with our loving president Mo (Mohamed Dewji), the Simba family, Tanzania as a country and all the fans around the world, may I take this opportunity to thank you all for the prayers and support you gave us throughout.”
In his message, he concluded: “We shall get over the disappointment and continue improving and working hard.
“Thank you so much for the advice and messages you have been sharing, and God bless you abundantly.”
Chama and Jean Baleke were the stars for Simba during the inter-club competition as together they scored eight goals for Simba, scoring four in the competition.
Simba began their journey from Casablanca to Dar es Salaam on Saturday. They departed at Casablanca through Aéroport Mohammed V de Casablanca.
It is another season for Simba to reach the quarter-finals stage, where in the 2020/2021 season, Kaizer Chiefs eliminated Simba with an aggregate of 4-3 loss.
While in the 2021/2022 season, Orlando Pirates eliminated Simba from the CAF Confederation quarter-final by penalty kicks after the game ended with an aggregate of 1-1.