Floppy defence highlights Simba’s elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup at the hands of Sudan`s Al Ahly Shandy during their return leg match of the last 16 played at the latter’s venue last Sunday,
After successful three-goal home victory at the national Stadium a fortnight ago, Simba unexpectedly and to the surprise of even the Sudanese fans squanders a glorious opportunity that would have seen the team cruise into the tournament’s last eight.
Very few Simba fans or the rest of the football fraternity in Tanzania would have expected the team that wrapped up the Mainland premiership title with a colourful five-goal comprehensive demolition to their archrivals Yanga would concede three goals in a span of ten minutes.
Both the Serbian coach Milovan Circovic and Simba’s entire members of the technical department failed to devise strategies that would have kept their nets unshaken.
Simba’s delicate defence has long derivative both in the domestic league as well as Continental championship.
The same team conceded three goals while playing return leg match against Algeria’s Entente Setif last month. Simba had won the first leg match with comfortable 2-0 goals but failed to safeguard them in Setif, thanks to Emmanuel Okwi’s bonus away goal deep into stoppage time that gave a lifeline to advance.
The same Simba had thrown overboard a golden opportunity to play in last season’s Champions League after crushing toMorocco’s Wydad Casablanca in Cairo.
After playing for 87 minutes, samba conceded three quick fire goals to lose the match to Wydad despite winning appeal over TP Mazembe against ineligible player they signed for the league.
Simba’s defensive woes need to be addressed to the team’s technical department as the syndrome looks to persist.
Absence of central defender Juma Nyoso and Said Nassor also proved to be part of the team’s poor show in Shandy last Sunday.
Appointment of midfielder Patrick Mafisango who missed a penalty has also been faulted by football technical experts. Mafisango had missed a penalty in an open play during the first leg tie played in Dar es Salaam when the Sudanese goalkeeper saved.
Mafisango used a left orthodox foot when he took the penalty in Dar es Salaam and opted to use his unconventional right foot during the shootouts in Shandy.
Simba’s skipper Juma Kaseja should have been sparred of taking the penalty in Shandy and instead Haruna Moshi would have covered the gap. Kaseja was already fatigued in attempts to save the nine penalties by the time he was called to take his turn against the Sudanese counterpart.
The coach was supposed to spare Mafisango to take the first crucial five penalties by any other player in the line up that looked well prepared for the shots.
Unless Simba take serious steps to rectify the situation during pre season transfer window, the porous defence would most likely giving a headache to the Mainland champions.