SIMBA coach Roberto Oliveira said he has strong belief in his players to do a good job against Wydad Casablanca as they meet at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.
The two teams lock horns in a first-leg match of the CAF Champions League’s quarterfinal, both of them seeking a ticket to play in the event’s semis.
After today’s game, the two sides will engage for the reverse-leg clash to be staged in Casablanca, Morocco next week with the overall winner making it to the last four.
“In the Champions League, you do not have an easy team, it is a good opportunity for Simba to showcase a highly competitive game and win the match at the end.
“I need my key players to be at their best and this can be easily achieved because we have consistence of positive results and performance. We have our strategy, I give priority to my team and I believe it will be a good and difficult match,” he said.
Additionally, the Brazilian trainer highlighted that he always imparts winning mentality to his players so that they can stamp convincing results.
“I believe too much in my team and I also believe in our home performance,” Oliveira said while insisting that football for him is an art and seized the opportunity to call for more Simba fans at the venue.
His full-back Shomari Kapombe declared that they are well prepared to face the defending champions though he is aware that the encounter is going to be tense.
“We respect them (Wydad Casablanca) knowing that they are holders of the Champions League title, and with full backing of our home fans, I believe the good results will be ours.
“We want to make history by using well the home ground advantage and I hope that in front of our big fans who will come to support us, we can easily make it,” Kapombe said.
On his part, Wydad Casablanca coach Juan Garrido said they are aware that Simba play well at home and that they are 100 percent geared up for the match.
“We are going to do whatever necessary to get good results even though the match is likely to be difficult. We are set to strengthen our defence and attacking sections, hopefully, each player will give out his best,” he said.
To reach this far, Simba finished runners up group C with 9 points from six matches while Wydad Casablanca topped group A with 13 points also from six matches.
The Msimbazi Street Reds finished the campaign with ten goals against seven netted by the Moroccan outfits.