Simba eager to register win over AS Vita Club

18Jan 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba eager to register win over AS Vita Club

TANZANIA's soccer gaints, Simba SC, flew out to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday for the second match of Group D of CAF Champions League against AS Vita Club, slated for Saturday in Kinshasa, with high hopes of chalking up positive results.

Simba SC players

The team left aboard Kenya Airlines' flight to Kinshasa, via Nairobi, Kenya and were expected to arrive in DRC yesterday afternoon.

Nineteen players plus technical panel and some officials have travelled to Kinshasa and notable names left out are skipper John Bocco and Erasto Nyoni, who are both nursing injuries. Asante Kwasi is also missing due to family commitments.

Players making the trip are Aishi Manula, Deogratius Munishi, Nicholas Gyan, Paschal Wawa, Juuko Murshid, Paul Bukaba, Mohamed Hussein, James Kotei, Clatous Chama, Jonas Mkude, Meddie Kagere, Adam Salamba, Emmanuel Okwi, Haruna Niyonzima, Mzamiru Yassin, Mohamed Ibrahim, Shiza Kichuya and Rashid Juma.  

The match will be played at Stade de Martyrs, which has a capacity of 80, 000 people and Simba head coach, Patrick Aussem, is hopeful of positive results in Kishasa that could give his side an advantage ahead of other international and local games.

Aussem said his players are well prepared for the away game as they all know the importance of the match as his team's target is to reach the quarterfinal stages of the continental club championship.

“The team is well prepared for the Saturday game against AS Vita in Kishasa, it will not be easy but we are well prepared for them, our aim is to have positive results away,” the coach said.

The Belgium tactician also said his team will emphasize on tactical discipline in the match against a side which will be playing at its  home ground.

The two teams are going into the match with contrasting fortunes as Simba beat Algerian side, JS Saoura 3-0 at the National Stadium while AS Vita Club lost 2-0 away to Al Ahly of Egypt in Alexandria.

With AS Vita having lost to Al Ahly in the first match, the Saturday game will not be easy for Simba but the good news to Tanzania's football lovers is that Aussem, like any other top coach, has done pre-match analysis of his squad's opponents and he is also  good at knowing how to approach away games.

In the two previous away games have managed to score a goal or more, against Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini (Formerly Swaziland) and Nkana FC of Zambia, Simba won 4-0 and lost 2-1 respectively and this gives hope that the Tanzania outfit can stand the heat in Kishasa.

The other advantage for Simba is that during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League season, the team has been playing good, organized football. The side also squad has some individual talents that can make a difference in difficult matches.

Simba, moreover, have players in the likes of Manula, Okwi, Meddie Kagere, Kichuya, Murshid, Chama and others who play in their respective national teams, an aspect gives them mental strength of standing the heat of playing away from home.

However, Simba have to be very caution as AS Vita Club is always good at the outfit's backyard and the squad plays fast   football, especially on the midfield where they always launch their attacks from wings.

Simba must also have strong determination to fight and play according to game plan for the entire 90 minutes without any lapse in concentration because just one slip could prove fatal.

AS Vita, led by head coach Florent Ibenge, are also very disciplined and Simba should avoid making silly mistakes especially in the latter's half as the DRC club has players that are good at converting dead balls.




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