SIMBA SC Head Coach Patrick Aussems said one point they got following a goalless draw against Azam on Monday was not bad at all for his side.
Azam delayed Simba title party in their tense Mainland Premier League match at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam. After a painful 1-0 defeat against Kagera Sugar at the same venue last Friday, Simba needed to recover and win three matches including the Monday’s clash with Azam to grab the silverware for the second time in a row.
Still, the draw awarded both teams a point, thus making Simba continue to claim the league helm with 82 points, two points superior to their traditional rivals Y oung Africans with 80 points.
However, Y anga, who faced Ruvu Shooting at the same venue yesterday grabbed the slim 1-0 win to trecapture the top spot, with a point above Simba.
It was Simba’s 33rd match; hence they have five matches prior to the league climax.
In the game, Azam sat on their territory to sponge Simba’s forays especially in the second half, as the Reds desperately attacked in numbers.
Simba managed to salvage a point from their past two consecutive games played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam and must come back positively tomorrow as they take on Mtibwa Sugar at the same arena.
T o - morrow’s m a t c h will be Simba’s 34th of the season while Mtibwa Sugar are equally eager to post a positive results. At a press briefing, Aussems hailed Azam for defending massively throughout the battle while insisting that a draw was pretty good than a loss.
“We played against a team which was defending a lot and relied on counterattacks to break us but in the end, neither of us managed to score,” the coach said.
He added that his side was able to create many scoring chances but most of them went off the target. Aussems said when you fail to score, it is better to avoid conceding as well that is why the outcome was not that bad for his team, insisting that they must wake up for the upcoming clashes.
“When we fail to win, we need to be able not to lose. No one to blame, we tried everything but we got only one point but this point is an important one.
Target now is two victories on Thursday (tomorrow) and Sunday,” Aussems said. After playing Mtibwa Sugar, Simba will have two days to recover before confronting Mtwara’s Ndanda FC at the same venue.
On his part, Azam Assistant Coach Idd Cheche said the rain soaked pitch prevented the match from being played nicely. “We came with a winning mentality but as you saw, the ground was slippery and a big obstacle for us all,” he said.