Simba reconvene for AFL mission

DAR ES SALAAM: Simba players are set to regroup today to enhance drills ahead of their inaugural African Football League (AFL) match against Al Ahly at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday next week.

Eyes of the football fraternity around the world will be directed on Tanzania to see the big game unfolding, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF president Patrice Motsepe in attendance.

Breaking the news on Wednesday in the city was Simba’s Media and Communication Manager Ahmed Ally who said the squad is assembling today for the Al Ahly hunting mission.

“After a 2-1 win over Singida Big Stars, players were given a brief break to refresh their minds and on Thursday (today), they will report to camp to begin training sessions.

“We are honored to host the big AFL opening match; hence we should take this as a blessing and request our members and fans to descend at the venue in big numbers,” he said.

He added that to defeat Al Ahly will not be a new thing for them as they have done it twice here, and as such they aim to eliminate the Egyptian side from the competition.

“Let us be clear that the game against Al Ahly is very difficult, we are aware that they are spending sleepless nights figuring out how to outclass us…in this regard, we should all come together to stun them.

“We are aware that they are the best team in Africa and are above us in everything…of course, we are looking forward to being a big club like them one day and the best way to achieve that is to overpower them,” he said.

He then named entry charges for the game as 200,000/- for Platinum ticket holders, VIP B 40,000/-, VIP C 30,000/-, Orange seats 10,000/- while Ordinary seats will be accessed by 7,000/-.

Moreover, Ally said the reason they chose Tanzania to host the first AFL match is the power of passionate football fans that the country cherishes.

“We want to show the world that they made no mistake in choosing our country to stage this inaugural game hence we must come in big numbers to fill the 60,000-capacity venue just like we did on Simba Day,” he remarked.

Earlier, Simba’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Imani Kajula thanked the government for renovation works unfolding at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium ahead of the tense match.

He then described the Al Ahly match as a multiplier effect game, saying many people will benefit in terms of the provisions of accommodation, food, and other essential commodities to the oncoming visitors.

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