Simba SC chases hat-trick of wins against Ruvu Shooting , simba,

19Nov 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC chases hat-trick of wins against Ruvu Shooting , simba,

SIMBA SC responded to the frustrating away draw to Singida Big Stars in the best possible way, picking up two comprehensive back-to-back clean sheets on the spin at home in the 2022/23 NBC Premier League.

Coach Juma Mgunda’s men dispatched Namungo FC 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a first-half strike from Moses Phiri in the 32nd minute to claim their third successive victory. They also saw off Ihefu SC by a similar margin on Sunday.

They will be looking to stretch this fine streak to three games on Saturday evening with the away clash against Ruvu Shooting and reclaim the top spot from Young Africans SC, alias Yanga.

Victory will take Simba SC to 27 points, one more than joint leaders Yanga and Azam FC.

Ruvu Shooting is set to enter the tie in the opposite mood having claimed just two points from the previous seven league rounds

They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Azam FC on Tuesday to drop to the 13th place in the league standings after a solid start to the season.

The Coast Region-based club's head coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa can be worried about the drop in form of his defensive line.

Ruvu Shooting did not keep a clean sheet in five straight league outings.

Also, Mkwasa’s men conceded at least two goals in three of the previous seven matches.

This will be music to the ears of Simba SC’s top scorer Phiri who increased his goal tally in the top flight to six three days ago.

 

Simba SC has dominated this matchup historically with 19 wins, two draws, and the only loss in the last 22 league encounters with Ruvu Shooting.

Each of the last three head-to-head meetings between these rivals ended with Simba SC scoring at least three goals.

Mgunda revealed during his pre-match briefing at NBC headquarters ahead of the game: "In general, the game’s preparations are going well. We have a tough match against Ruvu Shooting, we are playing against a team that has a good coach and we strongly believe it will be a competitive match."

"In a football game, to win, you must create chances and use them. In every match, we create more than three chances but they are not used properly.”

“I always say in football, there are shortcomings and good things. It is an area that we are working on to ensure that we effectively use the opportunities created."

His Ruvu Shooting counterpart, assistant coach Rajab Mohamed said despite the poor results, the performance has been encouraging and coupled with the work they have put into training they are optimistic about positive results.

Mohamed said: "We have come out of training and are ready to play against Simba SC, an experienced and good team that we respect. We are prepared to fight  and get positive results."

"The bad results we got recently are part of football. If you check our performances in those games, we have been doing well but sometimes this sort of stuff happens in football.”

“The league has been tough but we are well prepared for tomorrow. We have worked on our shortcomings and we believe we will get positive results."

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