Simba eye Mapinduzi Cup semi-finals

08Jan 2016
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Simba eye Mapinduzi Cup semi-finals

MAPINDUZI Cup defending champions Simba wind up their Group A stage games by confronting Zanzibar’s JKU at the Amaan Stadium today.

Simba's midfielder Awadh Juma (R) and URA player Agaba Oscar (2nd R) fight for the ball during the Mapinduzi Cup

The game will be preceded by the other Group A’s match between Uganda’s URA against the other Zanzibar outfit of Jamhuri.
Should URA, who have collected three points, beat Jamhuri, currently with only one point, Simba will need either a win or a draw with JKU to progress to the next stage of the event. Simba have four points.
Simba’s coach Dylan Kerr said he does not fear meeting Yanga in the semi-finals of the event as he has prepared his team to face any opponent that will cruise to the stage.
Kerr said he prepared his team to face opponents that have been drafted for the tournament, which was introduced in 2007.
He said he is in a difficult position, as far as selecting players for the first choice squad in the Mapinduzi Cup is concerned, as he fears his players will sustain injuries and frustrate the team’s chances to perform well in the Mainland Premier League.
"I can’t field all of the first choice squad in this tournament. Mohammed Hussein, for instance, has sustained an injury. He can be sidelined for almost six weeks and that will be a problem to me,” Kerr said.
“I respect the tournament and I will be fielding a squad depending on the game. In the first match (against Jamhuri), I started with the squad because I didn’t know the Pemba team," Kerr said.
He said he believes Simba will, as well, perform well in today’s match as he is keen on seeing to it that he helps the team garner good results in every game.
"I haven’t been lured by either cash or personal gains, gaining wins in games is what has brought me here," Kerr said.
Simba’s physician Yasin Gembe said Hussein might play in the semi-final game.
Meanwhile, JKU coach Malale Hamsini said his team’s win over fellow Zanzibar team, Jamhuri, has raised the former’s spirit.
Hamsini said his team will use the event to prepare for the continental assignments, thus, the team will not be ready to easily suffer a loss to Simba.
"We need to win. If we beat Simba, we will collect six points and progress to the next stage of the event," Hamsini, whose team is at the top of the Zanzibar Premier League with 25 points, said.
The tournament’s final will take place on Tuesday next week, in which the winners will rake in 10m/- and the runners-up will get 5m/-.

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