DAR ES SALAAM: SIMBA said their 4-0 win over Pan African helped players to regain fitness ahead of the reverse leg match of the CAF Champions League against Power Dynamos at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.
The friendly game was held at Mo Simba Arena in Dar es Salaam yesterday just five days before hosting the Zambian side in a seemingly head-scratching affair.
Goals from Said Ntibanzonkiza, Moses Phiri, Kibu Denis and Willy Onana were enough to give the Msimbazi Street Reds a hefty win that kept players in a combat mood before facing the Zambian giants.
In their CAF Champions League’s first leg match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia, Simba roared from behind twice to register an encouraging 2-2 away draw which gives them an upper hand in Sunday’s return match.
A goalless draw will be enough for Simba to make their fourth group stage qualification of the biggest club contest on the continent. In another development, Simba through their Media and Communication Manager Ahmed Ally, revealed that three players Henock Inonga, Aubin Kramo and Aishi Manula will not be part of the Power Dynamos campaign.
He said Inonga is still nursing the injury he sustained following a reckless challenge on his right foot by Coastal Union player Haji Ugano during their last Premier League match.
The incident rendered Ugando a straight red card as Inonga was rushed to Temeke Hospital for further medication and it has not been established how long the wound will take to be healed.
On Kramo, Ally pointed out that he is not fully fit to be deployed in such a big match that requires nothing less other than positive results.
For Manula, he said he is yet to completely regain his fitness after sustaining a long-term injury but he is now progressing well with treatment.
However, clarifying more about Inonga’s current status was the team’s doctor Edwin Kagabo who revealed that the centre-back suffered a soft tissue injury.
“What we are doing now is to take good care of his wound to avoid further infection by applying antibiotics…I think after one and a half weeks, he will start regular exercises,” he said.