The National Sports Council chairman Dioniz Malinzi has warned Simba of complacency during their return leg match of the CAF Confederation’s Cup against Al Ahly Shandy to be played in the Sudanese township of Shandy on Sunday.
Malinzi flagged off the team in Dar es Salaam early yesterday morning while wishing them the best of luck in their rather crucial tie this weekend.
On behalf of the Government, the NSC boss dished out $3,000 to assist the team in preparations ahead of the Sunday clash.
He said Simba’s handsome three goal victory realized at the national Stadium ten days ago should not give them a confidence that the duel is over.
“Play well and forget about the first leg victory as the hosts might stage a turnaround much to your amazement”, said Malinzi.
Simba will kick off the Sunday game under floodlights but with a huge psychological boost having triumphed at home.
The newly crowned Mainland champions are n the brink of cruising into the lucrative last eight berth should they win again or draw on Sunday.
Simba team would miss defending duo of Said Nassor and Juma Nyoso who have been suspended from the match after picking up some warning cards during the previous matches.
While Nyoso was sent off during a return leg match against Setif in Algeria, Masoud has two yellow cards enough to miss the Shandy encounter.
The host side needs to overturn the first leg results through wining by four clear goals without conceding any.
A total of 19 players and seven officials were on board the flight to Khartoum including leader of the delegation Hussein Mwamba who happens to be an executive member of the Tanzania Football federation, TFF.
The Simba line-up includes Juma Kaseja, Ally Mustafa, Shomari Kapombe, Derrick Walulya, Amir Maftah, Juma Jabu, Obadia Mungusa, Kelvin Yondani, Victor Costa, Jonas Mkude, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Patrick Mafisango, Haruna Moshi, Machaku Salum andUhuru Selemani.
Others are Felix Mumba Sunzu, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Edward Christopher Shija and Gervais Arnold Kago.
Officials accompanying the team include club chairman Ismail Aden Rage, Swedy Fikirini Mkwabi, coach Milovan Cirkovic, Amatre Richard, James Stephan Kisaka, doctor Cosmas Kapinga, Nicholas Menrad Nyagawa and media officer Ezekiel Kamwaga.
Shandy Stadium is reported to have a capacity of holding 10,000 spectators and is located 150 kilometres north of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.