President Samia extends prize money pledge to Simba SC, Yanga

22Feb 2023
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
President Samia extends prize money pledge to Simba SC, Yanga

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has extended her pledge of presenting 5m/- for each goal that will be scored by Simba SC and Yanga in the upcoming Group Stage matches of this season's CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.

Tanzania's Yanga attacker, Kennedy Musonda (C), shoots past the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s Tout Puissant Mazembe defender, Johnson Atibu (R), when the two sides took on each other in a 2022/23 CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie played in Dar es Salaam last Sunday. Yanga commanded a 3-1 victory. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Samia had earlier promised to present the cash prize, in which Yanga went away with 15m/- from the President after winning 3-1 against TP Mazembe in the 2022/23 CAF Confederation Cup Group D duel that took place in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Gerson Msigwa, the Director of Information Services and chief government spokesperson, said so at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Msigwa said that President Samia's pledge of rewarding the goals scored by Simba SC in the CAF Champions League and Yanga in the CAF Confederation Cup is in progress, with the President promising to again hand over 5m/- for every goal scored by the two clubs.

The official noted: "The offer is still ongoing and the President will continue handing over 5m/- for every goal scored by our home teams in continental tournaments."

Tanzania's other outfit, Simba SC, failed to secure the prize money from the President, as the club went down 3-0 to Morocco's Raja Club Athletic in the CAF Champions League Group C duel played in Dar es Salaam last Saturday.

A week after losing 1-0 to Guinea’s Horoya Athletic Club, Simba SC was once again on the losing end following the 3-0 drubbing by Raja Club Athletic that left them pointless after two rounds of the 2022/23 CAF Champions League Group Stage.

Against the run of play, the Moroccans opened the score at the half-hour mark when Hamza Khabba pulled a trigger past the hosts' shot-stopper, Aishi Manula.

Then, they managed to hold on to their lead until the last moments before extending the gap with goals by Soufiane Benjdida (82nd minute) and Ismaïl Mokadem (86th-minute penalty).

The results leave Simba SC languishing at the bottom of Group C while Vipers SC is sitting third following its goalless stalemate with Horoya Athletic Club in Kampala.

Raja Club Athletic occupies the top place in the group with six points followed by Horoya Athletic Club which has collected four points from the club's two opening games.

In a post-match press conference, Simba SC head coach Roberto Oliveira 'Robertinho', admitted the side's players made life hard for themselves with poor finishing against Raja Club Athletic in the CAF Champions League encounter at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Saturday evening.

He said: “Congratulations to my opponents because they used their opportunities to score goals. I think my team played well but we needed to play more aggressively in the opponent's box. When we had opportunities to shoot  we preferred to take a pass and overlap without the objective inside the box.”

“It is the CAF Champions League Group stage, there are no small teams. Raja Casablanca is a good team... we changed in the second half and played well but we did not have the correct objective in finishing. We have got good experience, we need to forget this  game  and prepare for the next game with Vipers SC.”

Robertinho pleaded for patience as he molds the team insisting he did not have the benefit of a pre-season to prepare the squad.

“When I came here, I had no time for preseason, immediately, it was game after game. I need time to prepare the team well, tactically and physically..”

Simba SC will next take on Vipers SC in what will be a nice set-up East African derby while

Raja Club Athletic hosts Horoya Athletic Club in Casablanca. Only the top two teams in the group qualify for the quarterfinals.

Having qualified for the quarterfinals three times in the last four years, Simba SC now needs to win the two back-to-back games against Vipers SC while hoping Raja Club Athletic takes care of Horoya Athletic Club.

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