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Struggling Simba in another acid test

9th February 2013
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Simba coach Patrick, Liewig

Defending champions Simba play away JKT Oljoro in a Mainland premier league match at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha.

Simba go into the game with a lot of caution after drawing 1-1 with another armed forces side, JKT Ruvu, in their last league match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, last Sunday.

JKT Ruvu stopped Simba when the Dar es Salaam side needed a win to reduce the gap between them and their archrivals Yanga and Azam FC who occupy the top and second slots, respectively.

Simba still have a deficit of six points to reach Yanga who were also held to a 1-1 draw by Mtibwa Sugar last Saturday. Yanga lead with 33 points while Simba have 27.

Simba fans will be happy if their team emerge victorious today after they caused chaos following last weekend’s draw. A draw or a win will ignite more chaos at the Msimbazi Street side.

The match will also end the speculation   around the status of two first team players. Pundits have it that Simba had suspended their two players because of indiscipline - Mrisho Ngasa and  Haruna Moshi 'Boban'.

If the two dependable players will not feature in today’s game then the rumours will have been verified.

JKT Oljoro is a team whose players use a lot physical and it will force Simba coach Patrick Liewig to field a tactical side to avoid further embarrassment.

The armed forces side will depend on their regular strikers like Paul Nonga and Amir Omari to make sure that they win at home. The two have scored six goals each.

In Dar es Salaam at Chamazi Complex, Azam FC face Mtibwa Sugar in an unpredictable tie.

In Mbeya, Tanzania Prisons host African Lyon at the Sokoine Stadium while Kagera Sugar welcome Mgambo Shooting at the Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN