Simba SC urged to keep on fighting despite experiencing injury crisis

13May 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC urged to keep on fighting despite experiencing injury crisis

​​​​​​​SIMBA SC head coach Pablo Franco Martin says he would not use injuries as an excuse, insisting the club's status meant they were still expected to fight.

Simba SC head coach, Pablo Franco Martin. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

Midfielders Hassan Dilunga, Saido Kanoute, Taddeo Lwanga, and Clatous Chama are just a handful of star names currently unavailable for selection in the side.

Dilunga has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season due to a long-term injury.

Simba SC was left bemoaning yet another addition to their injury pile-up after midfielder, Jonas Mkude, was forced off in the NBC Premier League match against Ruvu Shooting played in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

It is unclear whether the usual defensive midfield partnership of Mkude and Kanoute will feature again this season.

Speaking in a post-match conference after Wednesday’s night 2-0 victory over Kagera Sugar, Martin bemoaned the long injury list amidst a tough run but insisted his players have to keep fighting.

The tactician noted: “It was a nice first half where we controlled the game the way we wanted. On the goals, we attacked the spaces and created the spaces we knew we could create. We understood the situation very well.''

Martin stated: ''We scored two goals but we could have scored two or three more but in the second half it is true also because of the tiredness we have, the games we are accumulating we decided to change a little bit the plan at least in defense to control the game in the middle block.”

“We also knew we needed to keep the ball or at least to take advantage of the spaces they were going to leave in the counter-attacks.''

''Our decision-making was not good, we were not fresh enough to play the way we wanted at least on the ball. We indeed felt more or less uncomfortable in defending even if we were dominating.”

Martin noted: “They dominated the second half, it wasn’t the second half I expected to play. I wanted to play much better and score more goals but they also play and they are a good team. You can see there is work done in Kagera Sugar.''

''I congratulate my players for another three points and to chin up and continue to fight for every single point.”

“It is not only a defensive midfielder but we are also missing probably our most decisive attacking players for the last few games.''

''We are also missing some other important players... the injury list is long and this is what happened in the last weeks.''

''We cannot complain, we have to continue playing but it is tough to play with the same players every three days when the opponents always have much more time to prepare,'' the tactician said.