Simba SC targets Pamba FC’s scalp in 2021/22 ASFC last eight's stage

14May 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC targets Pamba FC’s scalp in 2021/22 ASFC last eight's stage

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC will, today, look to avoid a giant-killing blow when the outfit hosts Pamba FC in this season's Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) quarterfinal game at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Simba SC players jubilate after one of the club's performers scored against Coast Region's Ruvu Shooting in the 2021/22 Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) round of 16's tie which took place in Dar es Salaam in February.

Pamba FC is the only non-NBC Premier League team left in the Federation Cup knockout stage.

With the Premier League title looking impossible for Simba SC this season, their only hope for silverware is the Federation Cup.

In admitting the above, Simba SC Media and Communication Manager, Ahmed Ally, revealed that they will now focus on trying to win the Federation Cup

The official said: “Our target was to win all the three domestic trophies, Mapinduzi Cup, NBC Premier League, and Federation Cup. We have won the Mapinduzi Cup but the Premier League is a tough one, every Simba SC fan must understand this.''

''However, the Federation Cup is still up for grabs, anyone who will be better in the remaining two or three matches can win it,'' Ally disclosed.

The official pointed out: “We are still fighting in the league but our focus is on the Federation Cup. That’s how life is, sometimes you have to focus on realistic targets.''

''We have a better chance of success in the Federation Cup. If we lift the Federation Cup we will be the most successful side this season.”

Now Simba SC is about to have a shot to get into the final four of the Federation Cup. And since they are pitted against a team from the Championship, the upper hand surely lies with the Msimbazi Reds.

The Msimbazi Reds who won the title in 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021, hammered second-tier side Dar City FC 6-0 in the round of 32, before thrashing Ruvu Shooting 7-0 in the previous round to book a quarterfinal ticket.

Meanwhile, Pamba FC, which is placed ninth in the Championship and is out of contention for promotion and relegation playoffs, has nothing but pride to fight for.

The side understands making it to the last four of the Federation Cup will be their biggest achievement this season.

They come into this encounter as underdogs keen to extend their fairytale run having knocked out Dodoma Jiji FC in the previous round.

Wilbert Mweta, Pamba FC head coach, acknowledged there is a gulf in quality but insisted it is a knockout competition that has proved that anything can happen.

The tactician noted: “This is a knockout game, we have to win or we are out. We have prepared well and will have to play with discipline to stand  a chance of progressing.”

The winners of the tie will face Yanga in the semi-final. Yanga was the first team to book their place in the last four after they defeated Geita Gold FC 7-6 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the last eight.

Coastal Union then emerged 5-4 winners on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the second quarterfinal tie against Kagera Sugar at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga and will face Azam FC, who beat Polisi Tanzania 3-0, in the last four.

The winners of the Federation Cup earn a ticket to represent Tanzania in CAF Confederation Cup next season.