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We will win again in Zambia, Morrison

We will win again in Zambia, Morrison

AFTER scoring a brace against Red Arrows in the first leg match of the CAF Confederation Cup, Simba playmaker Bernard Morrison said they will try to replicate the same performance in the reverse leg tie.

Ruthless Simba were on fire over the weekend at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam as they defeated 10-man Red Arrows 3-0 prior to their return leg encounter at Heroes Stadium in Zambia on Sunday.

The Ghanaian attacking midfielder, despite missing a spot-kick, converted two goals and set up the other which was scored by Meddie Kagere to clear their path towards the group stage package.

Speaking after a commendable job, Morrison said they will try their level best to play hard in order to earn qualification into the last 16 of the competition.

He also seized the platform to apologise to Simba management, stakeholders and fans for their dismal performance in the previous encounter of CAF Champions League saying they will use this qualification as an apology to them.

His Spanish coach Pablo Franco said he was pleased with the work rate of all his players but has cautioned that the game is not yet over as there is another second leg coming up.

"With a difference of three goals, it is not enough for me because I have seen several times in my career that these second leg games are really very difficult. If you concede in the first three minutes, your opponents start believing that they can do it," he said.

Again, Franco narrated that the secret to his team's victory on the day was hard work from players saying they all loved to play with the ball regardless of the waterlogged situation on the pitch.

"With this fighting spirit, we can achieve many great things as we have healthy players willing to compete in any kind of weather. As such, I cannot point on who played well because it is all about teamwork and we have one target," he said.

On her part, Simba's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Gonzalez hailed players for the sacrifice they made to produce three goals ahead of the next game in Zambia.

She also urged players to turn focus on their NBC Premier League match against Geita Gold tomorrow at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium  before making a trip to Zambia for the final mission. 

In his remarks, Red Arrows striker James Kamanga blamed poor officiating on the day saying the referee was against them but said they will try their level best to put things together at their backyard.

"We had a good plan but after the red card, things changed even though we were able to give a good fight. We wanted to get one away goal but unfortunately we could not make it and we hope to do well in the next match," said the 41-year old striker.

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