Mlandege, Simba flex muscles in Mapinduzi Cup final

ZANZIBAR: THE wait is over as the Mapinduzi Cup climaxes today, with the defending champions Mlandege facing Simba at the New Amaan Complex Stadium in Zanzibar.

Ahead of the encounter, coaches from both teams predicted an intense match, as both sides aim to scoop the prestigious cup.

The defending champions Mlandege will try to keep their title, while Simba will try to reclaim their lost reign in the Mapinduzi Cup, at the 60th anniversary of Zanzibar Revolution that was officially marked yesterday at the same venue.

At a press briefing on Friday, Mlandege Head Coach, Jaala Abdallah Salem, said they are well-prepared to face Simba and secure the trophy again.

“We respect our opponent, they are very good but we believe we will do our best to win the match as we want the trophy to remain here in Zanzibar,” he explained.

On the other hand, Simba Assistant Coach, Seleman Matola, noted that there is no easy final and the team will do everything in their power to ensure success.

“Mlandege did not easily reach the final. We know they have a good squad, so we understand it is going to be a tough match. However, we are well-prepared to face them.,” he explained.

Mlandege booked their spot in the final after an incredible run in Group A. They managed to secure 5 points, with one win against Vital’o 1-0 and two draws against Azam 0-0 and 1-1 with Chipukizi.

Despite their group stage performance, Mlandege continued to shine in the quarter final and semifinal, after winning both games by penalty shots after finishing with 0-0 draws.

Simba started their Group B campaign on a high note, securing seven points, which included wins against JKU and Singida Fountain Gate and a draw with APR.

They continued their remarkable performance in the quarter final, winning 1-0 against Jamhuri and again in the semifinal against their group mate Singida.

They won with 3-2 penalties after a 1-1 draw in the game. Both Mlandege and Simba will try to secure the final win and go home with the 2024 Mapinduzi Cup and 100m/- prize.

Simba goalkeeper, Ally Salim, stated that they are ready for the final and know they will return to Dar es Salaam with the Cup.

Mlandege will try to reclaim the Mapinduzi trophy for the second time, while Simba will try to secure their fourth title after winning it in 2011, 2015, and 2022.

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