Clearing Berkane hurdle, Simba can see stairway to heaven

Clearing Berkane hurdle, Simba can see stairway to heaven

THE Tanzanian flag is set to rise high again internationally as Simba host RS Berkane in the fourth group stage match of the CAF Confederation Cup at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam this Sunday.

This is the moment when Tanzanian football fraternity come together to support their solo envoy in the continental level club championship who will be hunting for their second home win in order to clear their path towards the quarterfinal stage.

It is obvious the Msimbazi Street Reds have profitably used the 60,000 capacity Benjamin Mkapa arena in international matches and this is exactly what millions of Tanzanians expect to see at the end of the final whistle.

Doing well in their two back to back NBC Premier League matches has automatically imparted a sense of winning spirit among Simba players and the good thing is that both matches were played at the same venue.

Though they are two different competitions, Head Coach Pablo Franco will definitely benefit a lot from the recently stamped successes and he is going to pick the best team ready to upset the Moroccans and bag three home points.

Without doubt, this is the homework giving the Spanish trainer sleepless nights as he needs to pass to be guaranteed a place in the last-eight package of the campaign.

He has already been tasked to drive the team all the way into the semifinals where the club has set as their minimum target, hence, one step to get there begins this Sunday and here is when he deserves total cooperation both within and outside the club circles.

Yes, it will be a big blow not only to Simba, but to the entire country if their group stage campaign ends at the early stages bearing in mind that they have all the required resources to make it big if not to win the championship.

Based on the massive performance that the Msimbazi street giants have had for the past seasons in the CAF Champions League, one can confidently say that they have that potential to reach far in their Confederation Cup games.

This is very likely since almost 99 percent of the squad which nearly reached the Champions League semis last season is still present excluding Louis Miquissone who is now trading at the Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

Perhaps missing Clatous Chama, who is usually the brain of Simba attacking machinery, may also have an impact on Simba. But that should worry football fans as the Msimbazi lads enjoy quality and depth in their squad.

In his recent remarks ahead of the giant game, Simba’s Media and Communications Manager Ahmed Ally reiterated that players are much aware of how important it is to win the game convincingly before starting making calculations for the quarterfinals.

The good thing is that most of our players who were on the injury list are back in action like Taddeo Lwanga and Kibu Denis who had a chance to play in the previous league match versus Dodoma Jiji.

Also midfielder Jonas Mkude and striker Chris Mugalu are all fit and ready to throw their contributions when tasked to do so by the coach. This is great news to all Simba fans out there and without doubt, they will leave the stadium with wide smiles on their faces.

He also urged Simba fans who will go the Mkapa stadium to support their team to have a uniform style of supporting rather than what they do as each group has a different system of encouraging players on the battlefield.

When Simba played Berkane in Morocco, their fans in the stadium were having one style of cheering their team which helps them a lot to give the required vibe to the players and this is exactly what Simba should instill among their passionate supporters.

Again, the media boss disclosed that they have been cleared to let 35,000 spectators attend the match, which will help to scale up the team’s morale of doing better on the day.

He however said that in their past home match against ASEC Mimosas, CAF also gave them a green light to pull 35,000 fans into the stadium but only 25,000 showed up.

He, however, encouraged them to embrace a culture of purchasing tickets early before the match day to avoid unnecessary congestion which erupts when people delay buying them.

All in all, Tanzanians will be pleased to see their envoys Simba shining on the day and win to go closer to the qualification into the last eight of the hot contest.

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