Simba secured a 2-1 win over the DRC soccer big guns in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group D match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday evening.
The victory saw Simba, who are also Mainland Premier League defending champions, book their place in the continental competition’s quarterfinals as Group D runners-up, while DRC's AS Vita Club bowed out of the competition after finishing fourth.
Simba were also seeking vengeance against AS Vita Club, who thumped the former 5-0 in Kinshasa on match-day two.
Speaking while officiating at the launch of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL)’s office in Dodoma, Ndugai said Simba fought hard, representing the country and should be acknowledged by all Tanzanians.
“DRC is a very big country and not all of its people knew about Tanzania but after the Saturday win, I know all sportsmen and women in the country now know there is a country called Tanzania,” he said.
He said the same applies to Egypt and Algeria, whose teams Al Ahly and JS Saoura, were both clobbered by Simba at the National Stadium.
According to the speaker, Simba’s success opens opportunity for other stakeholders to tap opportunities that come along with the win that has put the country on another platform.
Ndugai sent the crown into laughter saying; “Now even if Air Tanzania flies to the countries their people will easily recognize it that the plane comes from Tanzania, where Simba comes from.”
Referring to the task ahead of Simba, he disclosed there is no doubt that the team under Belgian tactician Patrick Aussems is likely to perform better in the quarterfinal stage.
The speaker, who is a staunch supporter of the Msimba Street-based team, called on all Tanzanians, irrespective of their football team affiliations, to rally their support behind Simba, noting that they are on national assignment.