Oliveira smells fortune in Simba squad

SIMBA Head Coach Roberto Oliveira has been impressed with the way his charges respond to the ongoing training sessions saying it will help them much in their domestic and international assignments in the coming season.

His comments came as a reaction to the 1-0 loss they suffered in their second friendly match against Turan PFK in Turkey late Thursday.

In the first match against the same team on the same day, the country’s envoys cherished a 2-0 win thanks to goals netted by skipper John Bocco and Kibu Denis.

“I am satisfied with the ongoing training sessions and my players are responding well to what they are being taught…this is very important to me,” Oliveira said.

He added that there are two groups of players in the camp saying the first group has a high-level fitness while the second one comprises of players who have joined the camp late and they need to work hard.

He further pointed out that the reason he organised two friendly matches on the same day with the same team was to see fitness levels of all the players in the camp.

“In the second match which we lost, only one mistake we committed enabled them to score the solitary goal but we played good football in terms of overlapping and compactness.

“I also laud the technical bench for their support and we are together building a strong team capable to do well in both domestic and international games,” he said.

Again, the Brazilian trainer said they are planning to have another friendly match on Sunday in order to continue putting players in combat mood before the 2023/24 season starts.

However, the Msimbazi Street Reds will have to defeat Singida Fountain Gate FC in order to venture into the Community Shield final.

The two  teams meet on August 10th at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga in the semifinal match of the contest whose proceeds are channelled to support charitable activities.

In another last four encounter, holders Young Africans will play Azam at the same venue on August 9th this year.

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