Pablo: It may be impossible for Simba to reduce points gap with Yanga

18May 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Pablo: It may be impossible for Simba to reduce points gap with Yanga

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC head coach Pablo Franco Martin has made another honest admission, stating that it might be impossible for his side to close the gap to Yanga with only seven games remaining in this season's NBC Premier League.

Simba SC players (L-R) Jimmyson Mwanuke, Pape Ousmane Sakho, Yusuph Mhilu, Gadiel Michael, and Peter Banda, jubilate after Mhilu had scored a goal in the 2021/22 Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) last eight's match against Mwanza's Pamba FC that took place in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

The Msimbazi Reds are trailing runaway leaders Yanga by 11 points as the league campaign enters the home stretch.

Speaking to the press ahead of today’s big game between Simba SC and Azam FC, opened up on the difficulties of chasing the Jangwani Street side.

Martin also praised Azam FC and noted he expects a tough battle against them in a game that is crucial for both sides.

Azam FC is looking to cement the third spot to avoid falling out of continental club tournaments' contention via the league route.

Martin said: “It is an attractive game, second versus the third teams on the table. They have a very good team, good professionals with Tanzanian players, good young talents, and a good coach who I think is bringing a lot of freshness.”

The tactician stated: “They are now changing some things that they had when we faced them in the first leg and Mapinduzi Cup but they are a good team, a team that can play good football, can create chances and score goals so we need to play at our best tomorrow if we want to get anything from the game.”

“We wanted to train on an artificial pitch and yesterday was training but we just went for a walk, there is no time for more. We need to recover but we don't have too much time to prepare for this game.''

Martin noted: ''The most important thing is to choose the players who are going to be fresh and the ones who are mentally ready for this battle. It is going to be a tough battle for both teams.”

The coach added: “No information in advance to the opponents when we are playing crucial games. You will see tomorrow but we are still missing many players just like in the last game. You will see some of them will be ready for tomorrow, some won’t be ready.”

“I continue saying we will keep fighting in every single game even if we don’t have the chance to become champions. This is what Simba needs to do as a club and it is what our fans deserve.''

''I have had the same speech for the last six or seven weeks, it is almost impossible, it is increasingly becoming difficult with every passing day because Yanga is not making many mistakes.''

''They have dropped some points and I am sure they are going to continue to do so, that means we need to keep fighting but they are also going to win games.''

The coach stated: “They have a good advantage, this is the reality, I always say, I am not coming here to lie to anyone. It is very difficult, we are going to keep fighting.''

''We have a game, we have to respect our club, our fans and it is a nice game to play and we will try to win the three points to keep the race.”

“This is not about hope, this is about being realistic. We are going to fight until the end. I hope to win every game and get three points but I don’t care what the other side does.''

The gaffer disclosed: ''To be honest, I didn't watch Yanga play against Dodoma Jiji FC, I was watching the Azam FC game, analyzing our last game, double-checking our game against Azam FC in Mapinduzi Cup and league.”

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