Simba SC targets success in CAF Confederation Cup knockouts

26Nov 2021
Ismail Tano
The Guardian
Simba SC targets success in CAF Confederation Cup knockouts

SIMBA SC has disclosed that winning this season CAF Confederation Cup playoff fixture against Zambia outfit Red Arrows FC at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium Dar es Salaam on Sunday constitutes its plans.

Simba SC Chairman, Murtaza Mangungu.

The NBC Premier League defending champion also vowed to take revenge by beating age-old rivals Yanga during the domestic top-flight tie bringing together the clubs at the same stadium on December 11.

Simba SC sits second in this season's tournament after notching 14 points from six games, whereas Yaga leads the rest of the pack with 16 points.

Out of the six fixtures, the defending champion won four and drew two with Coastal Union and Biashara United.

Simba Chairman, Murtaza Mangungu, noted they are well prepared to take revenge after losing the Community Shield game against cross-town rivals Yanga.

The official pointed out his club moreover targets to emerge victorious when confronting Red Arrows FC of Zambia.

He said to live up to expectations, they are determined to efficiently work with Simba's coach, Pablo Franco Martin, making sure they achieve their goals this season, including winning all home tournaments' titles and doing well in Africa. 

Last month Simba parted ways with coach Didier Gomes after they were knocked out of this season's CAF Champions League and relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup.

Coach Martin has a tough task ahead, with the Msimbazi Street side hosting Red Arrows on Sunday.

Mangungu said to show that they intend to achieve a lot this season, they brought in coach Martin whose profile and records could lead them to their long-term dream of winning a continental club showpiece's top honour.

Martin disclosed his team has players with the ability to fight all the time, a situation he believes will make it easy to achieve his goals this season.

The tactician remarks come after witnessing Simba play a Premier League game against Ruvu Shooting and then take on Green Warriors in a friendly match.

Simba SC beat Ruvu Shooting 3-1 last week at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, with Meddie Kagere scoring twice and Kibu Denis netting once.

In the friendly match against Green Warriors played in Dar es Salaam last weekend, Simba SC emerged with a 4-0 victory.

The Spanish coach said his players have the great footballing ability, so all he has to do is unite them and build their confidence.

Martin also expressed his happiness at the return of the footballers that were nursing injuries, making it clear that they will do well in the upcoming CAF Confederation Cup playoff match against Red Arrows and Premier League games against Geita Gold FC and Yanga.

"I have seen almost all of the players, I keep assessing them and looking for a good connection, to be able to cope with the games ahead of us and even against Yanga.''

Simba SC will confront Red Arrows from Zambia in Sunday's CAF Confederation Cup playoff stage match.

The return leg match will be played in Zambia on December 5.