Simba SC coach sets sight on Red Arrows FC

25Nov 2021
Faustine Feliciane
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Simba SC coach sets sight on Red Arrows FC

SIMBA SC head coach, Pablo Franco, has said the first leg of this season's CAF Confederation Cup playoff against Zambian club, Red Arrows FC, is crucial for him in achieving his club's goals this season.

Pablo Franco Martin. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

So far there are three days to go before Simba SC hosts Red Arrows FC in the first leg of the showdown.

Pablo said he is continuing his final preparations before the game and had already prepared tactics to give Simba SC the victory in Sunday's game at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

"It's an important game for us, this is my second game but it is very important in the journey to achieve the club's goals in the international championships,'' Pablo noted.

Pablo said he is preparing his squad to fight in the manner in which their opponents will play in Sunday's game.

"I know Simba SC is the biggest team in Africa, I have developed tactics to give them victory in this game, I don't know our opponents but I keep track of them with the help of my fellows, my players have shown me they can fight any team, this gives me hope."

Simba SC skipper, John Bocco, appealed to the team's fans to continue to support them and to turn up in Sunday's game to give them support.

"We are continuing with the preparations and working on what the coach is instructing us to do, I urge the fans to come in large numbers, we are well prepared and we will be ready for the game to ensure we win this important game,'' Bocco noted.

The captain said the mistakes they made in the second preliminary round fixture of this season's CAF Champions League against Jwaneng Galaxy could not be repeated in Sunday's game.

Simba SC failed to defend its 2-0 victory over Botswana champions in the first leg, suffering a 3-1 loss in the second leg in Dar es Salaam.

Jwaneng Galaxy booked a place in this season's CAF Champions League group stage via away goals' rule.

A statement from Simba SC management stated that it had given coach Pablo goals to bring the team to the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The coach is further tasked with seeing to it the squad defends its Premier League title in Mainland Tanzania and the Azam Sports Federation Cup.

Pablo has already led Simba SC in one competitive game since taking office, seeing the squad cruised to a 3-1 win over Ruvu Shooting in NBC Premier League.

Red Arrows FC is a Zambian football club based in Lusaka that plays in the MTN/FAZ Super Division.

They play their home games at Nkoloma Stadium in Chelstone, Lusaka. The side is sponsored by the Zambian Air Force.

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