Robertinho on cloud nine after Simba SC win over Dodoma Jiji FC

24Jan 2023
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Robertinho on cloud nine after Simba SC win over Dodoma Jiji FC

SIMBA SC head coach Roberto Oliveira had every reason to be in a buoyant mood after watching his side clinch a hard-fought victory away to Dodoma Jiji FC on Sunday.

Simba SC striker, Jean Baleke (C), dribbles past Dodoma Jiji FC players, Collins Opare (L), and Justine Omary when the sides took on each other in a 2022/23 NBC Premier League duel that took place in Dodoma on Sunday. Simba SC posted a 1-0 victory. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

New signing Jean Baleke scored the all-important goal for Simba SC just before the halftime break when he reacted quickly to a defensive lapse from Dodoma Jiji FC to beat the on-rushing goalkeeper Daniel Mgore.

Dodoma Jiji FC improved after the break and pushed Simba SC to the wall but missed the final touch needed to find the back of the net.

After the game, Oliveira, alias Robertinho, faced the media and answered questions on the game and individual performances showcased by Baleke.

Robertinho was delighted with the win as Simba SC extended the side's winning run to four games in a row to stay within touching distance of defending champions and table leaders, Yanga.

The tactician noted: “I am very happy today because after the good results and performance in Dubai against the biggest team in Russia we came back in the Premier League and have got two good results. I am happy because my objective is to build a strong team for the CAF Champions League.”

Oliveira stated: “Today I had no five players due to yellow cards and four others were injured. I used new players but they understood my philosophy very fast. Simba SC is a big team and needs to win every time and the coach has to prepare the team to attack.”

The gaffer revealed: “I am for the new players who played for the first time, Jean Baleke scored and that is nice. I lost nine players and used new ones but we still won and played well. In football you need to prepare for everything and anything, playing home or away is the same.”

He noted: “The most important thing is that my players understand my philosophy. Simba SC is a big team, we have to play well and win."

Oliveira revealed: "I am happy the players believe in me and we are building good relationships between them and the technical bench.”

The results temporarily reduced the gap with Yanga to three points behind the latter in the 2022/23 NBC Premier League table, but the defending champions had one game in hand- they took on Ruvu Shooting in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The NBC Premier League will take a break this coming weekend to accommodate the Azam Sports Federation Cup, which will witness Simba SC coming up against Coastal Union in the round-of-16 tie at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Saturday.

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