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Pablo warns against complacency

Pablo warns against complacency

SIMBA Head Coach Pablo Franco has cautioned his charges that if they will play their second leg CAF Confederation Cup match against Red Arrows in the similar fashion they did to Geita Gold, they are going to suffer a lot.

On Wednesday at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Simba, the defending champions registered a 2-1 victory over a win-hungry Geita Gold who troubled in most of the second half.

The victory saw Simba collecting 17 points from seven matches to remain glued to the second place and are trailing the league leaders Young Africans with 2 points prior to their Dar es Salaam Derby meeting on December 11th.

However, briefing members of the press after the game, the Spanish trainer openly disclosed that he was not impressed with the performance of his team despite taking all three points on the day.

"I think we did not play well as we failed to control the game, we did not show ambition and the quality we are supposed to have in these games especially when playing at home.

"The opponents controlled us and even when we had a chance to kill the game, we did not do it. We let them come into the game after scoring the second goal and after that we suffered until the end.

"If we play like that in Zambia, I think we are going to suffer and it will be difficult to fight for the objectives we have," said Franco who managed his second NBC Premier League game for Simba.

He added that from the first day he arrived at the club (Simba), he knew that there are great players saying perhaps some of them did not perform at their best level during the Geita Gold duel.

"Sometimes, you need to give chances to other players for them to show what they have in official matches and not only depending on friendly games or training sessions because they are different," he said.

Again, Franco said maybe the poor performance was his problem such that perhaps did not motivate well the players or maybe his plans were not good enough.

"This is something we need to analyse in our dressing rooms and meetings. We must do this immediately because our next two encounters will be very difficult," he said.

His colleague from Geita Gold, Fred Felix  ‘Minziro’ was not fully impressed by the way his charges played saying they were just unlucky to source all three points on the day.

"I already anticipated that the game will be tough basing on the nature of competitive players that Simba have but, we showed them that we can equally play good football," he said.

Commenting on his team’s disallowed goal in the dying minutes, Minziro said it is up to the public to judge because they saw what happened while insisting that poor refereeing still ruins development of football in the country.

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