Simba SC aims bullish Mbeya City FC

23Nov 2022
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Simba SC aims bullish Mbeya City FC

SIMBA SC and Mbeya City FC will renew their rivalry in the 2022/23 NBC Premier League when the teams meet at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya this afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 4 pm.

The Msimbazi Reds, as Simba is nicknamed, on the one hand, come into the clash on the back of three straight victories in the Premier League, with their most recent outing a 4-0 win away to Ruvu Shooting on Saturday.

Zambian forward Moses Phiri and Tanzanian veteran striker John Bocco are expected to lead Simba SC’s goal search, while midfielder Clatous Chama will be providing the creative spark needed to unlock Mbeya City FC's defense.

Simba SC interim head coach Juma Mgunda once again insisted his side has to respect the opponents and expects a tough test against Mbeya City FC which won 1-0 against the former in a similar game last season.

The gaffer disclosed: "It is an important game, I believe it will be one of the most difficult matches because we firmly believe in fair play and one must respect his opponent."

"We respect our opponents. We have come to Mbeya to compete against a good and competitive team. I believe the match will be competitive and we are prepared to compete against them."

Hosts Mbeya City FC, on the other hand, have gone eight league matches without a loss going back to September 13.

However, despite their excellent form, they have managed just two wins at home this season and will be hoping to claim another three-point against Simba SC. Their only loss as hosts was a 1-0 narrow defeat to Azam FC in mid-September.

Mbeya City FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru, who has slowly but effectively built a solid side this season, will bank on the form of striker Sixtus Sabilo to breach the Simba SC defense.

The in-form striker has scored seven goals in 11 games to top the goal-scoring charts, and he will be determined to have another good showing today.

Anthony Mwamlima, Mbeya City FC assistant coach said they will approach the game with caution as they are aware they are up against a well-established and strong Simba SC but he was bullish on getting positive results.

The gaffer pointed out: "We are prepared to play against Simba SC, a big team, an experienced team. This is a team that participates in major international competitions.”

“It is a team that when you prepare to play with, you prepare differently than when you prepare to play against a team like Polisi Tanzania or Singida. That's why we have approached this encounter with caution to respect the big team though we as Mbeya City FC are prepared for the battle."

Mwamlima revealed: "Our players are in good condition, they are in high morale, I think it's only a matter of time, I believe we will get results. It will be a difficult game but we are prepared to get positive results." 

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