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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Simba coach confident to sail through

27th March 2012
Simba head coach Milovan Circovic

Simba head coach Milovan Circovic says his boys are taking no chances to be complacent after winning the first leg tie of the Confederation Cup over Algeria’s Es Setif last Sunday.

The Serbian trainer said it has been a huge relief for his team following the two-goal victory that has kept Simba camp in buoyant mood ahead of boarding a flight to Algiers for the return leg tie.

“We have now set up the pace towards progressing into the next stage of the competition while we look ahead to keep a clean sheet in Algeria,” said the coach.

The coach thanked God for not conceding any injury after the Sunday game and prays for the situation to prevail until they land in Algiers to play the return leg.

Simba wrapped the victory in the final 15 minutes of the game after keeping their fans spellbound throughout the other 75 minutes.

The game was full of thrills but it was Simba who threw over board numerous scoring opportunities that came their way to temporarily disappoint their fans.

Simba’s quick fire goals were each scored by their Ugandan import Emmanuel Okwi and midfielder Haruna Moshi to freeze the visitors.

Simba are back into the Confederation Cup fray after two years having kicked out by Egyptian Harras El Hodood despite winning the first leg at home by 2-1 goals.

Es Setif is the second Algerian side to suffer the wrath of the Simba team after counterparts El Harrach suffered a 3-1 goals loss at the quarterfinal stage of the 1993 CAF Confederation Cup.

Ironically, Simba have maintained their tradition of winning a home leg against most of the visiting North African teams in continental matches.

Simba dispatched Rwanda’s Kiyovu Sport by 3-2 goals aggregate having won the return leg at home by 2-1 to set up the date with Es Setif.

The Mainland pace makers remain the only side to float in the continental leagues following elimination of three other teams of Yanga, Mafunzo and Jamhuri.

The trio failed to cross the first round barrier with the Zanzibar duo losing heavily at the hands of teams from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Simba are back into the premiership fray as they face African Lyon at the national Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

With five matches to play, Simba need an outright victory if they are to win the Mainland scudetto after two seasons.

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