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Injury woes a major setback, claims Pablo

Injury woes a major setback, claims Pablo

AFTER stamping a ninth league’s draw, Simba Head Coach Pablo Franco said they are mentally and physically broken insisting that frequent injuries to his players has deeply affected them.

The defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Geita Gold at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza over the weekend and are among the teams with a big number of draws.

The outcome was a dissapointing for the Msimbazi Street Reds as they continue to drop vital points at a time when the league race is nearing its climax thereby paving a pathway for their traditional rivals Young Africans to claim the championship.

"It is a reality that we are not performing well in our away games especially when we do not have enough time to prepare for these games.

"I am not capable of changing the situation...I think the level of players was very low in attacking, defending, and transitions and even in set-pieces. I think we are broken mentally and physically," said Franco after the match.

He continued: "We did not even had ambitions because in other games, despite being tired, we always show the fighting spirit but today, I did not see that. I think we are in trouble because of injuries in the team.

"For now, this is our level. When we play against teams of middle or upper part on the table, we are not winning. It is a pity but this is what we have and not enough for a club of Simba caliber," he said.

Moreover, the Spanish trainer encouraged his charges to recover mentally and physically before their Saturday's Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) semifinals match versus Yanga for a third traditional derby of the season at the same venue.

"I am not sure if by then, most of our key players like Shomari Kapombe and John Bocco who are injured will be fit enough for the encounter of which we need to be stronger mentally and physically or else the game will be difficult to us,” he said.

On the whereabouts of Clatous Chama, he replied: "He is injured. You can go to the hotel and see him with doctors. He is not training with the team because he cannot do anything.

"He got injured before the game against Yanga... infact, he came with a knee injury from his former club Berkane and according to medical checks, they said he was ready to play and was doing that while experiencing pain.

"Before the Yanga match, he complained about feeling pain and after that, he had an MRA test which concluded that he had an injury of which medical staff said it will take ten days for him to recover but now, it is more than three weeks.

"Right now, he is the most decisive player in our squad after Bernard Morrison and we are waiting for him but I cannot say exactly when he will be back," he said.

His counterpart for Geita Gold Felix Minziro was not satisfied with the level of efficiency of his players saying they were failing to use well many good chances they were making.

"We were not good enough in playing final balls that is why in the opening minutes, we had clear chances to score at least three goals which could have favoured us to finish the game with vital points but efficiency was a big problem," he remarked.

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Author: BENJAMIN BEN

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