Pablo: Simba SC still has work to do

30Nov 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Pablo: Simba SC still has work to do

SIMBA SC handed itself massive chances of progressing to the group stage of the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup with a healthy 3-0 win against Zambia’s Red Arrows FC in the first leg of the play-off round ties which took place in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Simba SC fullback, Israel Mwenda (L), shoots past Red Arrows FC fullback, George Simbayambaya, when the outfits faced off 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup Additional Second Preliminary Round match played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

Simba SC got their first goal in the 16th minute from a well-taken free-kick by Bernard Morrison which beat off Red Arrows FC goalkeeper Charles Kalumba.

Three minutes later Morrison danced past three Red Arrows FC players, Chepeshi, George Simbayambaya, and Felix Bulaya, as though it was a playstation to set up Meddie Kagere who tapped home Simba SC’s second goal.

Morrison, Ghanaian attacking midfielder, then added the third goal in the second half after easily beating Chepeshi again and leaving Kalumba hapless as he failed to cover the near post to make it three 3-0 at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

While Simba SC are well placed to book their place in the group stage, the outfit head coach, Pablo Martin, believes the job is not yet done.

According to the tactician, they will need to show up and ensure they complete the job against a tough opponent when they face each other in the second leg in Lusaka next weekend.

Martin stated: “First of all, I want to say thank you, especially to the fans because the weather was really bad. It was rainy but they were supporting us from the beginning until the end. It could have been a different atmosphere.”

“About the game, tactically it was a game that we prepared but when we finally arrived here we realized that because of the weather condition the grass was waterlogged, we had to go for another plan.''

''In football, most of the time it is not only about the plan you have, but it is also about whether you have a plan B, C.''

“We knew how they were to play and this weather condition was perfect for their style of play. It was bad for our style of play but even with that we got our act quickly.''

''We showed up brave, we fought from the beginning until the end. We scored three goals and I think we deserved to score even four or five. They didn’t create chances, maybe just one.”

“I think due to the situation and the weather conditions, how my team is improving, how everyone wants to contribute, how everyone is fighting, I have to say I am happy, not very happy because this is not just one game.''

''We have to go there and face a tough opponent. We have not already qualified, it is just 90 minutes, we need to be prepared in one week.''

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