Simba SC, Yanga coaches target lifting ASFC title

23Jul 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC, Yanga coaches target lifting ASFC title

SIMBA SC and Yanga coaches have vowed to help their respective outfits come out victorious in the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final, which will take place at Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma on Sunday.

The outfits will meet for the first time in the tournament's final, with champions getting a chance to represent the nation in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

Simba SC head coach Didier Gomes said he and his players have given the game plenty of attention because they want to defend the showpiece's title and avenge the 1-0 loss to Yanga in the Premier League.

He said his team is in good shape, noting he is currently giving his charges the necessary techniques that will see to it they easily win the game.

Gomes added: "I know it will be a tough and competitive game for both sides, but Simba is determined to win this game by playing clean football and post many goals due to tactics that I give my players.''

He said: ''The most important thing is, I ask the match's referee and his assistants to be careful.''

The French gaffer noted he plans to use different tactics in the clash, which are different from the ones they have been using in league matches.

According to him, they are seeking to confuse their opponents and win easily.

The coach was adamant winning is, for them, the most important thing and he is happy to see his striker Bernard Morrison return in time from Ghana.

Yanga's goalkeeping coach, Razak Siwa, said his club's preparations for the final are progressing well.

Siwa disclosed their players have shown great interest in continuing to come out victorious in fixtures against Simba.

The Kenyan gaffer pointed out he and the team's head coach, Nasreddine Nabi, are optimistic their side will post a win, as their players have been responding well to instructions.

He said much as Simba is touted as the best team in Tanzania, Yanga is hardly scared of their opponents.

He was adamant Yanga is not a modest opponent and the squad has proved it, despite failing to win this season's Vodacom Premier League's title.

The coach added he believes the ASFC top honour will go to the Jangwani Street outfit.

Siwa pointed out: "We don't want to say much because this is a pre-match period, let us wait for 90 minutes on the pitch to prove who is better than the other.''

The tactician revealed: ''The most important thing for us is for our players to understand the importance of the game and the goals we set for ourselves."

The coach said they are ready for the game and are determined to provide entertainment to their fans in Kigoma. He disclosed they are determined to make the fans happy.