Pablo admits Simba SC must change to win big games 

02May 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Pablo admits Simba SC must change to win big games 

SIMBA SC head coach Pablo Franco has admitted that his squad needs change to win in big games against big teams next season.

Simba SC head coach, Pablo Franco Martin. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

This came about after Saturday’s goalless draw against Yanga in an NBC Premier League clash that took place in Dar es Salaam.

The draw leaves the title race almost over as Yanga remains 13 points ahead of Simba SC with nine matches left to play.

It was the second time this season the two teams have treated local fans to a goalless draw.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Franco indicated that Simba SC has struggled against big teams, especially in scoring goals, and will have to bring in more quality players for that to change.

The coach revealed: “The game was very balanced. To be honest there were moments when they dominated a little bit more, moments when we dominated a little bit more, with not too much difference. Also to be honest in clear opportunities maybe they had one more.”

Franco said: “The results were of course good for them, they are now closer to the title, one less game. We tried with the energy we have.''

The tactician noted: ''It is always difficult to play these games during the season against an opponent with an advantage in the schedule, to have fewer days to prepare for the game. You can see the difference in energy levels as I said yesterday.''

“With a different schedule and similar conditions, I haven’t seen Yanga play against us, and being better in the two games we have played against them, probably sometimes we were even better than them. This is something that I want to make clear today.''

Franco said: ''It is also true that to beat these big teams, especially next season, I think we need something else. If you analyze a little bit, when we were playing against the big teams, twice we couldn’t score against Yanga.''

“When we played away to RS Berkane we couldn't score and here we scored only one goal. We scored one goal against Orlando Pirates here and couldn’t score away, so when we are playing against big teams we struggle. We know our weaknesses and know what to work on to improve next season.”

He also explained the reasons behind the substitutions of midfielders Clatous Chama and Ousmane Sakho.

Chama was substituted during the halftime break while Sakho was withdrawn past the hour mark.

Franco revealed: “I talked to these players, I told them that I needed players to give 200%. For these kinds of games, even if you have the talent, in these games when you are closer to your opponents' level, you need to be fit 200%. Chama had some knee problems and also missed some training sessions.”

“We played them because we knew but we took the risk because they are players who can make a difference and when I saw they were not making a difference and we were suffering we tried different players.''