With a 1-0 away win over Plateau United, Tanzanian envoys in CAF Champions League, Simba, should not think the job can be easily done when they meet them again this Saturday.
The Nigeria champions have come to Tanzania like wounded bull, hence Simba should take the encounter very seriously and treat it the way they treated their first leg match.
It’s true that the away victory gives them a downhill task in the return match, but football has changed and an away venue too can serve well as a home venue in professional football.
To the players and the team’s technical bench, they must take the match seriously since advancing to the higher stages will help improve the football status of the country, team and the players altogether.
Owing to its status as the biggest club-level tournament in Africa, players play a crucial role here since the tournament provides them a platform to showcase their quality, market their skills and their teams, all of them very crucial in a modern and business oriented football.
We urge our both teams; Simba and the CAF Confederation Cup envoys, Namungo to take their matches seriously as their opponents are also hunting for the same treasure.
Simba, who last year ended their campaign prematurely by losing to UD Songo of Mozambique, should know that playing in the CAF level championship is not only commendable, but a giant step that heightens the status of players, teams and the country’s level of football.
The CAF Champions League is tough and highly competitive, and the matches’ results will be an indication of where we stand in terms of continental standards, and when we fail, we know we should raise the quality of our local game.
And, more than just looking for the barometer to gauge where we stand, both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup also provide a stage where the country’s flag can be flown very high if our representatives do well.
What we can only urge Simba and Namungo, is to adequately drill their players physically and psychologically while we Tanzanians promise to rally behind them in both their home and away matches.
And we know that if they can do so, we can compete against any club we will face in an era where the North and West African giants appear to have lost their aura of invincibility.