Simba SC braced for tricky fixtures 

03Dec 2021
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC braced for tricky fixtures 

​​​​​​​THIS season's NBC Premier League defending champion, Simba SC, experiences a tough schedule this season, honouring six games including one CAF Confederation Cup additional second preliminary round game, and one Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) clash.

Simba SC's players jubilate shortly after they had notched a goal in the side's recent Mainland Premier League match. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

The schedule started with Wednesday's Premier League match against Geita Gold FC at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, in which the hosts cruised to a 2-1 victory.

On December 5 Simba SC will play a return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup additional second preliminary round against the Red Arrows FC in Zambia.

Simba SC assistant coach Selemani Matola admitted that the schedule is tight but they had no choice but to fight to do well.

"The schedule is tight for this month, if you look after today's game we will have to travel to Zambia to play a rematch against Red Arrows, but we have to fight and prepare to deal with this schedule and at the same time make sure the team performs well," he said.

The assistant coach said Simba SC head coach, Pablo Franco, has seen the schedule and is developing a program to deal with it while prioritizing the team to do well in the games.

The schedule shows that after the December 5 match in Zambia, Simba will return to the country to play Yanga on December 11.

The NBC Premier League defending champion, four days later, will be required to face JKT Tanzania in the Federation Cup third-round match.

After the game, three days later (December 18) they are required to face Kagera Sugar away and after that, they will have to follow KMC FC in Tabora.

KMC FC has chosen to play the NBC Premier League game at Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in the region as the rules allow the host team to choose another stadium among the venues found in regions that have no club in the tournament.