Simba SC was better than KMC FC, admits coach

09Jul 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC was better than KMC FC, admits coach

VODACOM Premier League side, Kinondoni Municipal Council FC, has said the squad's Wednesday night's opponents in the top flight clash, Simba SC, deserve victory in the match which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Habib Kondo, KMC FC assistant coach in a monitored interview said although his charges played well, Simba was at its best especially in the first half.

"We played well in both halves, but our opponents were at their best especially in the first half when they used their experience to score the two goals, in the second half it was a balanced affair," he said.

The KMC FC has 42 points from 32 outings and Kondo maintained his side is still keen on finishing as one of top four teams in the league and earning Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup qualification.

"We have lost, but our desire of qualifying for CAF Confederation Cup is still there and hopefully we will achieve it," he said.

On Wednesday, despite playing well at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, KMC FC lost 2-0 to a classy Simba SC courtesy of goals scored by Chris Mugalu in the second and 45th minutes of the first half.

The win has taken Simba to 76 points and they are now sure of lifting the fourth Premier League title in a row, as they need a draw from their remaining three games.

In case Simba SC fails to get a draw, they will still be crowned champions due to a superior goal difference with second-placed Yanga.

Simba SC has yet to take on Coastal Union, Namungo FC and Azam FC. The league leaders have scored 71 goals, conceded 13 while Yanga, who have two games left against Ihefu SC and Dodoma Jiji FC, have netted 50 goals and conceded 21.

Simba SC last Saturday missed an opportunity to be crowned this season's champions when they lost 1-0 to Yanga.

The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Simba SC's head coach Didier Gomes, who said that the players should put it behind them and focus on the coming games.

“We need to be positive in whatever we are doing. We lost against Yanga in a match in which we would have been crowned champions and made history. We created a lot of chances but failed to score, that is water under the bridge, we must now focus on other coming games,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday after the win, Gomes hailed his players for playing according to instructions.

"We told the players to open and play short passes which worked for us, credit should go to them for putting behind last Saturday's loss in the hands of Yanga," he said.

The French tactician said his focus now is on the three remaining Premier League games and Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final against rivals Yanga at Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma on July 25.

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