Simba set new tactic vs Wydad

SIMBA coach Roberto Oliveira said they will approach Wydad Casablanca differently in order to get good results away in a bid to qualify for CAF Champions League semis.

The two teams go head to head in a return leg match at Stade Mohammed V in Morocco this Friday knowing in advance that they have already put one foot in the last-four package.

A 1-0 home win in the first leg duel at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam gives the Tanzanian envoys an advantage to qualify.

However, Oliveira insisted that they are going to use a different playing tactic so as to upset the Champions League’s holders at their backyard and cruise into the semifinals.

“Of course, we are aware that the game is set to be tough as we both fight for qualification, but we are hopeful that good results will go our way afterwards.

“We have to apply a different approach on how to succeed in an away venue and I believe in my players they are going to execute well our game plan,” the Brazilian trainer said.

In a related development, the club’s Media and Communication Manager Ahmed Ally said the first choice goalkeeper Aishi Manula will not be part of the brigade to face the Moroccans as he is yet to fully recover.

“All other players are in good health except Manula who still nurses his injury as such; he is not part of the squad to battle Wydad Casablanca,” he said.

This happens to be a third consecutive match for Manula to be sidelined and his post has been trusted by third-choice goalie Ally Salim who has already shown his competitiveness between the posts.

He has maintained clean sheet in three matches. The first was Simba’s  2-0 win over Ihefu, 2-0 win over  Young Africans and a 1-0 win over Wydad Casablanca.

“The good thing in our team is that players are self-motivated to do well, they are keen to make it to the semifinals because the quality of our team deserves them to reach that far,” he said.

Meanwhile, it is reported that tickets ahead of the decisive Friday encounter at the 45,000 capacity Stade Mohammed V arena have been sold out meaning that the match will unfold in full

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