Dar Derby set for April 20

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) has announced that the Dar es Salaam Derby between Young Africans and Simba will take place on April 20th at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm. The board has informed both clubs and other stakeholders in the Premier League about the game, and preparations will begin soon to ensure that the match is played impeccably.

In their first-round meeting in the league, Simba suffered a 5-1 defeat, making the football community eagerly anticipate the outcome of the upcoming clash.

Both teams recently returned home safely from Egypt and South Africa, where they played their second leg CAF Champions League quarter-final matches.

Simba, who lost 2-0 to Al Ahly, arrived home yesterday morning through Julius Nyerere International Airport. In the first leg at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium Simba lost 1-0. Before leaving Egypt, Tanzania’s Ambassador to Egypt, Ismail Shack, urged Simba players not to lose hope but work hard and qualify again for the Champions League next season.

“The most important thing is that there are many things you have learnt and I believe that the management, technical bench and players themselves have learned good lessons from this match. “You should therefore work on these lessons in order to beat your opponents to reach semi-finals in the Champions League next season,” he said.

After arriving in Dar es Salaam, Simba Coach, Abdelhak Benchikha insisted that their focus now is to do well in the NBC Premier League and CRDB Federation Cup.

“We played against Al Ahly; we were better than them in both legs but the difference is that when they get one chance to score, they use it well. “We will prepare a good team for the next Champions League inshallah, we are proud to be with Simba and proud to be with Simba fans during this moment…I am so sorry,” the Algerian tactician commented. Simba defender, Che Fondoh Malone, reacted on the defeat, saying they have no other option but to move on as that is football.

“We learn from mistakes in order to progress… for now we need to have a brief rest before our next game in the Federation Cup on Tuesday. “We do not promise our fans anything, we just have to play each game that comes and be ready to receive any outcome,” he said.

Tomorrow, Simba engage Mashujaa in the Federation Cup tie at Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma. On the other hand, Young Africans arrived on Saturday night after going down 3-2 on post match penalties to Mamelodi Sundowns in another electric Champions League last eight encounter at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.

In his farewell remarks to the team, Tanzania High Commissioner to South Africa, James Bwana, lauded Yanga players for their performance and urged them to continue working hard and they will eventually see their dream come true.

“Basing on the performance you have shown in both legs, there is no doubt that your team is growing and it is my hope that next season, you will be able to go beyond the quarter-finals,” he said.

Speaking at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Yanga President, Hersi Said, disclosed that reaching in the Champions League quarters was a big achievement for them and that they have learnt great lessons.

“We are proud to reach in the last eight phase of the Champions League. It was a big achievement for us and surely, we have learnt many lessons that will help us to do much more next season,” he said.

Hersi then disclosed that up next, their focus is on the Premier League and Federation Cup games. In their next game, Yanga face Dodoma Jiji at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.

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