Matola blames defenders for defeat

DAR ES SALAAM: SIMBA Assistant Coach, Suleiman Matola apportioned blame to the team’s defence following their 1-2 defeat from Tanzania Prisons at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro on Wednesday.

He said at post-game interviews that the team played creating many scoring chances which were squandered but the defence line failed to do their job properly as it let in two easy goals.

“I believe the defenders let us down. We had better possession and controlled the game but failed to capitalize on the chances we had. However, that’s football, and we lost the match. Now, we are preparing for the next game,” he said.

Simba lost their second match of the season in the Mainland Premier League. Their first defeat was recorded last November when Young Africans hammered Simba 5-1.

Tanzania Prisons forward Samson Mbangula scored both goals for his side, which cemented their victory.

Although Simba’s midfielder Fabrice Ngoma pulled one back in the 89th minute of the game, it was not enough to bring the score into balance.

With this loss, Simba SC remains third in the league with 36 points from 16 matches, while Tanzania Prisons move to fifth place with 27 points from 19 games.

Matola emphasized that the match against Tanzania Prisons would serve as a crucial lesson for both the technical bench and players.

He acknowledged the unpredictable nature of football and stated that despite the defeat, they are now focused on learning from their mistakes and preparing for the next Premier League encounter.

“Football is unpredictable, and despite the loss, we are now focusing on learning from our mistakes and preparing for our next Mainland Premier League encounter,” he explained.

On his part, Tanzania Prisons Head Coach Hamad Ally praised his players for the hard-fought victory against Simba.

Ally said although they created a few chances, he is grateful those chances were used.

“This shows how my players were strong in utilizing scoring chances. I commend them for the victory against a big team in the league,” he explained.

However, he acknowledged that the game was not easy, praising his players for their performance on the pitch while highlighting the importance of his players following his instructions and understanding how Simba plays.

Simba’s upcoming Premier League encounter is against Coastal Union on Saturday while Tanzania Prisons will face Mtibwa Sugar on the same day.


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