Simba SC coach happy with players' attitude ahead of CAF Champions

19May 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC coach happy with players' attitude ahead of CAF Champions

SIMBA SC head coach Didier Gomes says he is happy with his players' attitude ahead of the team's swim or sink CAF Champions League's quarterfinal's second leg match against South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs, set to ake place at Dar es Salaam's Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Saturday.

Simba SC players participate in training in South Africa to prepare for CAF Champions League's last eight's duel against Kaizer Chiefs, which took place at FNB Stadium last weekend.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

The local giants lost 4-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in the first leg of the quarterfinals, which took place at FNB Stadium last weekend.

Gomes, nevertheless, speaking at the club training base, stated he is confident that the team will do well on Saturday.

He noted: "It is a big match, but we are looking forward to posting a win, from what I saw, all my players are ready for the encounter.''

The French coach showed no sign of doubt and fear in his responses.

He said he is confident that by Saturday Simba SC will find its feet in the premier continental club football tournament to efficiently compete against the best.

Simba SC's skipper John Bocco was reported in the media as saying soccer lovers should expect an entertaining match as both sides will play to win.

“It is going to be a very good game, but our goal is to get the victory at the sound of the final whistle and we are mentally and physically ready, the aim is to reach the semi-finals, we urge all football lovers to play for us to do well in the game,'' he said.

Simba is not new in stunning opponents, especially at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

In the preliminary round of the competition, they lost 1-0 to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in Harare, but the former won 4-0 at the stadium.

In recent years, Simba has not lost any match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, turning the facility into their fortress.

The Msimbazi Street-based side also still holds a 1975 CAF record of overturning a 4-0 result at National Stadium (now Uhuru Stadium) and won 5-0 away against Mufulira Wanderers in Zambia.

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