Simba SC starts preparations for 2020/21 CAF Champions League

18Nov 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC starts preparations for 2020/21 CAF Champions League

​​​​​​​TANZANIA’s representatives in this season’s CAF Champions League, Simba SC, have disclosed they have started preparations for their preliminary round clash against Plateau United of Nigeria.

Simba Sports Club : COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

The two teams will meet in the first leg in Nigeria between November 27-29 and they will later clash in the return leg in Dar es Salaam on December 4.

Simba SC head coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, said he has started gathering more information and details of how their opponents play.

He said that he will analyse his outfit’s opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and plan his team accordingly.

“I’m following our opponents, I’m working on all means available, so far we have managed to obtain some video clips of how they play,’’ he disclosed.

‘’The clips will help us have a full picture of them, but we will not stop there we will try to have more details of them as our aim is to win both matches and advance to another stage,” he said.

Vandenbroeck stated so far Plateau United are a good side and Simba SC needs to prepare well ahead of the game in Nigeria.

He said Plateau United are a very strong side and they like playing passing football, they also have very strong strikers, and they moreover apply speed to kill off opponents.

He stated: “They also have very good players at the back,  and my strikers must be very bright to beat them, we must try and work on ways to handle them.’’

The coach could not say if his side will play an international friendly match ahead of the Plateau encounter.

He nevertheleaa disclosed before travelling to Nigeria Simba SC will play against Coastal Union in the Vodacom Premier League in Arusha.

After reaching the quarterfinals of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League, Simba SC performed miserably in the previous season’s tournament, crashing out of the showpiece in the preliminary stage with defeat to Mozambique’s UD Songo.

This season, Simba SC has boosted its squad by signing experienced players like Zambian Larry Bwalya, Ghanaian Bernard Morrison, DR Congo’s Chris Mugalu, and Kenya’s Joash Onyango.

Last Sunday, Simba SC Board of Directors’ Chairman, Mohamed Dewji, said the club has put everything in place to see to it that the team beat the Nigerian side and advance to another stage of the premier club competition in Africa.

He said preparations for the encounter are going on smoothly.

“Everything is in place, we are just waiting for the matches’ days, we are committed and readily available to support the team so that it reach the other stage,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vandenbroack said he was impressed by his team’s performance in a friendly match against Tanga’s African Sports, which took place at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam on Monday and saw the outfits settle for 0-0 draw.

The match also aimed at seeing to it African Sports are in great shape before playing in this season’s First Division League (FDL).

 It was a very good game, we gave many of our youth team players a chance to show their potential and I’m happy that they played well, the results were not what we were looking for, what we wanted was that the players should play without any pressure,” he said.

Some of the players who played for Simba SC in the friendly duel, include Ally Salim, Charles Ilanfya, Godfrey Mbomahenga, Omary Kazi, Hassan Mohamed, Seif Suleman and Hamis Manguka.