Zoran: Mini-International duels too fruitful

SIMBA’S Head Coach Zoran Manojlovic has cherished his team’s performance during the Mini-International tournament in Sudan saying it was very valuable despite his team losing 1-0 to Al Hilal in their final game on Wednesday.

While in Khartoum, Simba beat Asante Kotoko of Ghana 4-2 before losing to Al Hilal in the epic final match.

After encountering Al Hilal, Manojlovic stated, “We lost 1-0, but we played very well, a possession ball, the players played very well.

We played with the players who had not been able to play in the first two matches.”

He also hailed Peter Banda following his outstanding performance, expressing how surprised he was seeing him doing well in the defensive midfield.

“For example, the position of Banda in today’s game as a midfield defender was excellent and a big surprise to me.”

Simba’s attacking midfielder Clatous Chama told the press they are thankful they did well and they have no injury.

“We have managed to finish the 90 minutes without any injury. The ninety minutes were okay, I think we played very well in the first half, also in the second half. We tried to contain the match, but they got the goal still we kept pushing until the last whistle.”

He continued to say they had a few chances but did not utilise them effectively.

“This team came here; everyone gave their best, so we learned much in this tournament.”

He added it was such an interesting tournament, final playing with a team that is at home.

“These games have strengthened the players at large and the technical staff to learn something as we go to Malawi to face Nyasa Bullets. So we have where to start now; these are International matches, different from the League.

I hope everyone has learned one or two on the players’ side and the technical staff. The first thing is to know that when you sign for Simba, you are already a big player, so it is easy to adopt.”

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