Simba SC seeks revenge against Yanga

11Jul 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC seeks revenge against Yanga

VODACOM Premier League Champions, Simba SC, want to end Young Africans SC (Yanga)'s dominance over the former this season, when the two giants clash in the semi-finals of the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

This year, the two age-old rivals have met twice in the Vodacom Premier League (VPL), with Yanga winning one game while the other ended in a 2-2 draw.

In the first phase game which ended in the 2-2 draw, played at the same venue on January 4, Yanga came from behind to equalize all two goals through Mapinduzi Balama and Mohamed Issa while Meddie Kagere and Deo Kanda netted for Simba.

In the last meeting, winger Bernard Morrison scored the goal for Yanga.  

Simba SC chairman, Mwina Kaduguda, said they are eyeing victory on Sunday, maintaining the win will be double celebration for his side.

“We are the champions of Vodacom Premier League and to celebrate that championship, we want to beat Yanga and that is what we will do on Sunday, the team is in good shape, I'm asking our supporters to come in big number because it will be double celebration,” he said.

He said the mission of his side is to as well win the Federation Cup silverware this year.

Kaduguda also clarified that the team management supported the decision by head coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, who insisted the squad's players should not have a championship parade on Thursday when they arrived from Lindi after having been officially crowned 2019/20 VPL winners.

“We supported our head coach for deciding that after the team had arrived in Dar es Salaam from Lindi it should go straight to camp instead of parading the trophy, that was a good decision as we have a big match on Sunday,” he said.

Simba SC head coach Vandenbroeck said he is preparing his charges well as the aim is to beat Yanga on Sunday.

“After today (Wednesday)'s game against Namungo FC our focus now is on Yanga, our aim is to win that match, what I want is good preparations for the game,” he said on Wednesday.

Yanga's mobilization officer, Antonio Nugaz, said his team is well prepared for the encounter.

“This is the game which we want to win at any cost, it is important that we beat Simba so that we can have a ticket for CAF Confederation Cup and on top of that it’s a derby and as you know beating our rivals brings a lot of pride to the team,” he said.

Yanga arrived in Dar es Salaam yesterday from Kagera where they had a brief camp after their VPL encounter with Kagera Sugar, which had the former winning 1-0.

Yanga information officer, Hassan Bumbuli, said all of their players are in shape for the game.

"The team is in Dar es Salaam now, all of the players who include Haruna Niyonzima and Bernard Morrison are with the team," he said.

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