Matola: Derby win vital for title race

SINGIDA: SIMBA Assistant Coach, Selemani Matola (pictured) described the this week’s Dar es Salaam derby against Young Africans as a do or die match saying only a win will put them back in the title race.

He made the remarks over the weekend following a 1-1 draw against Ihefu in a tense Premier League match at Liti Stadium in Singida.

“To continue to be in the race for the league title, there is no way out other than winning the derby…it will be a do or die match and we will have enough time to prepare for it,” Matola said.

Commenting on the draw itself, he bemoaned about his outfits’ profligacy admitting that they have not yet sorted out the problem in their team.

“If Freddy Kouablan used well the scoring chances we made, we could have emerged big winners today (Saturday) but many opportunities were wasted. We will keep working to improve,” he said.

He further pointed out that such results are not healthy for the ambitious club of Simba calibre hence they will sit to find a long-lasting solution.

Again, Matola revealed that Head Coach, Abdelhak Benchikha feels upset whenever good scoring opportunities are not utilised well as the game unfolds.

On his part, Ihefu coach Mecky Mexime revealed that the substitute of Simba’s playmaker Clatous Chama relieved them as they calmed their nerves.

“We were relieved following Chama’s withdrawal because they (Simba) lacked a creative player who could make penetration pass to break our defensive line and instead, they began to force things.

“Even the penalty that Simba got was orchestrated by Chama as he played a penetration pass to Kibu Denis inside the box before he was fouled and the spotkick was given.

“For us, we are satisfied with the draw because we faced a big team that has quality players with the potential to change the game any moment,” Mexime said.

He also hailed his players for executing the game plan they made before the encounter saying they had to allow Simba to dominate the play but not permitting them to reach certain areas.

“Always, we create a game plan depending on the nature of the opponents, and playing against Simba, you do not have to play many passes as they do or else, you get punished,” he said.

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