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Fixture puts Simba on tight rope

SIMBA Day is likely to be affected as the just released CAF Champions League doesn’t give the Tanzanian champions ample time for assessment after parading the newly signed players.

Simba have planned to stage this year’s Simba Day on August 8th, 2019 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, but the CAF fixture forces them to travel to Mozambique immediately for their match against UD Songo on August a day later.

The urgency for the CAF Champions League fixture is not time friendly to the Tanzanian Mainland champions. The released fixture shows Simba will start away on either August 9th, 10th or 11th before hosting the UD Songo in Dar es Salaam on August 23rd, 24th or 25th .

But, the CAF Fixture not too demanding for Simba rivals Young Africans, who will start in Dar es Salaam against Township Rollers of Botswana on August 9th at the National Stadium.

Yanga will host the Botswana champions five days after staging Mwananchi Day, which similarly to Simba Day, it is a day when the club parades and test new squad and all players registered for the 2019-20 season.

While Simba will start away, Yanga will start at home and finish their Preliminary campaign away in Botswana capital, Gaborone. Zanzibar envoys KMKM will also start at home against Deportivo de l Agosto of Angola before finishing their campaign away in Luanda between August 23rd, 24th and 25th.

The pairing doesn’t seem to be very shocking for the three Tanzanian envoys in the CAF Confederation Cup mission; Azam FC, Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) and Isles Malindi FC.

Azam, the winner of ASFC Federation Cup will start away against the Ethiopian Club whose name was not disclosed by the organizers CAF. The second match will be held in Dar es Salaam two weeks later.

KMC who were in Kigali competing in Kagame Cup, will return there again to play AS Kigali in the CAF Confederation Cup first leg before hosting the Rwandans in Dar es Salaam two weeks later.

The third envoys will also start away in Somalia and their host is Mogadishu City. Their return leg will be staged at the Amaan Stadium between August 23rd, 24th and 25th this year.

The fixture in general is not friendly to six Tanzanian envoys since it comes before the league season, thus making it difficult for players to get used to each other, according to views of most sports enthusiasts.

Simba Day, which remains the crucial day for Msimbazi Street side has been lauded by even foreign players. Three Brazilian players who have joined Simba SC this season were once quoted as saying they were looking forward to the ‘Simba Day’ event to see the club’s passionate fans.

The trio Tairone Santos da Silva (30), Gerson Fraga Vieira (26) and Wilker Henrique da Silva (23) are among the Simba squad members in the team’s training camp in South Africa.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam before departure, one of them, Gerson said he has heard about Simba supporters and is really looking forward to see them on Simba Day on August 8th at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“Everybody is talking much about this great day (Simba Day). They are saying about the atmosphere and energy which comes on the day. We simply want to see our fans and let them see us playing as well. To say the truth, we will fight as much as we can,” he said.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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