Power Dynamos friendly perfect test for Simba- Aussems

08Aug 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Power Dynamos friendly perfect test for Simba- Aussems

SIMBA SC head coach Patrick Aussems has described the last Tuesday’s international friendly match against Power Dynamos of Zambia as a perfect test for his charges ahead of this weekend’s CAF Champions League assignment in Mozambique.

SIMBA SC head coach Patrick Aussems.

Simba will, on Sunday play away to UD Songo of Mozambique in the first leg of the preliminary stage of the premier continental tournament at the club level.

The return leg will be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam two weeks later.

Speaking after the international friendly against Power Dynamos, which ended with Simba cruising to 3-1 win, Aussems said he is delighted that his side played well.

He said despite the absence of more than seven first team players, his charges played well throughout 90 minutes.

Aussems also disclosed that in the remaining days he will train with the seven players who were on national team assignments.

The players are Hassan Dilunga, Gadiel Michael, Erasto Nyoni, Jonas Mkude, Aishi Manula, John Bocco and Ibrahim Ajibu.

“From tomorrow (today) I will have all the players in camp, it will be good as it will help me and my technical panel plan well ahead of the Mozambique game,” the tactician noted.

“But today’s game was a good, I’m very delighted that my players played well, this international friendly match was a perfect preparation for our side ahead of this weekend’s game against UD Songo of Mozambique…I’m sure we will perform well in Mozambique,” he said.

The coach also commented on the new players his side has signed this season, saying they are all good especially those who have experience in African football.

“All my new players are good, but people should not expect a lot from the three Brazilians, yes Brazil is the football country, but now the guys are in a new environment, I’m sure they are very good with time they will adapt to the way African teams play,” he said.

On paper, UD Songo seems pushovers, but they are not a side that should be underrated as they beat Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants TP Mazembe two years ago.

The aggregate winners between Simba SC and Uniao Desportiva do Songo will face the winners of the match between FC Platinum of Zimbabwe and Nyasa Bullets of Malawi with winners qualifying for the group stage of the competition.

Striker Meddie Kagere netted the three goals for the Mainland Premier League champions in the Tuesday friendly, while Power Dynamos FC scored their solitary goal through Jimmy Dlingai.

The match was part of activities that targeted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Simba Day.

The annual Simba Day is popular among the club’s supporters and, as usual, the club used the occasion to introduce its entire squad for the forthcoming season.

But it was also the opportunity for fully packed stadium to watch such newly signed players like Deo Kanda, Sharaf Eldin Shiboub, Beno Kakolanya and Gerson Vieira in action.     

Top government and private sector leaders who included Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, graced the match.

This year’s Simba Day was held on Tuesday due to the Msimbazi Street based side’s involvement in CAF Champions League games.

Meanwhile, the country’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup Azam FC have arrived safety in Ethiopia for the preliminary round duel against Fasil Kenema FC penned for Saturday.      

Azam FC information officer, Jaffary Maganga, said the team is in high spirit ahead of the encounter and he is confident the side will record good results.

“The team is here in Ethiopia for the game, all 23 players who are here are in good spirits and they are looking forward to the coming game,” the official disclosed.

“I’m happy that for the first time Azam FC has started CAF Confederation Cup assignment away from home, I’m sure this will help us a lot this season,” he said.