Da Rosa seeks to help Simba clinch silverware

30Jan 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Da Rosa seeks to help Simba clinch silverware

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC's head coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa, has revealed that he wants to see his team win trophies in all competitions they participate in, and he will, to start with, be out to contest for the Simba Super Cup tournament's trophy.

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC's head coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa.

Simba got off to a good start in their Simba Super Cup competition campaign after beating Sudan's Al Hilal 4-1 in the opening game of the tournament in Dar es Salaam mid this week.

The competition gears towards seeing to it the participating teams prepare for this season's CAF Champions League group stage.

Gomez was officially announced as Simba head coach last Sunday, replacing Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck, who resigned on January 7, and the new coach has already overseen his squad for four consecutive days.

The Simba Super Cup tournament which started on 27 January, has brought together three teams, Al Hilal,  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s TP Mazembe and hosts Simba.

Commenting on Simba's goals in the tournament, Gomez said: "For me, I consider every game as a final so we have to fight to make sure we win this trophy.''

"This will build our confidence and desire to win other trophies in the championships we are participating in," he said.

Gomez has already overseen his side's training for three days in a row in preparation for the Simba Super Cup which started mid this week.

While in the gym Da Rosa seemed to focus more on the teaching of short passes and exercises.

Commenting on his plans, Gomez said: “I am happy to be here, I have learned so many things in such a short time, my young people seem to be very enthusiastic and very active in the gym.''

"Our goal is to do well in every tournament we participate in, but we continue to invest a lot of energy in making sure we have a strong squad that can compete against big teams like TP Mazembe and Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League.

"Simba are one of the 16 best clubs in Africa and they are highly regarded in front of their opponents so we must make sure we are really true competitors against our opponents," he said.

He first led Simba in their Simba Super Cup encounter with Al Hilal.

The duel saw Simba win 4-1 against the Sudan outfit at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Zambian Larry Bwalya netted one of the hosts' goals, he in the end got the best player of the clash's prize amounting to 500,000/-.

Midfielder Perfect Chikwende who played his first match for Simba after joining the team from Zimabwe's FC Platinum, also scored one goal, winger Bernard Morrison netted two goals.

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