Aussems issued the statement after his team’s morning training sessions in the city yesterday.
He said although he will miss the services of skipper John Bocco who is nursing an injury, the rest of his players are in good shape and are responding well to his instructions.
“We will play as a team and, of course, be cautious that we are playing at home, Mtibwa Sugar are a good side, we respect them, but I’m confident of good results, the other good thing is that many of my players who were with the national team are back,” he said.
The gaffer expressed hopes that his side will score goals to enhance its chances of emerging as winners.
“John Bocco is injured and Kagere (Meddie) has not joined us as he is with Rwanda national team,” he noted.
“He will join us soon, but on top of that I’m confident because we have other capable and good players who can score goals.”
The Friday game will be the second game for both sides this season. Simba won 3-1 at home against JKT Tanzania in the first match, whilst Mtibwa lost 3-1 away to Lipuli.
Mtibwa came up against Singida United in a friendly match to stay in great shape, winning 2-0.
Simba who have contribute a lot of players to the senior national team did not play any friendly match but the squad’s other players were training.
Mtibwa Sugar assistant coach Patrick Mwangata is reported to have said they arranged the friendly game against Singida United so as to boost his players’ morale ahead of the Simba clash on Friday.
“Against Singida United it was a good game, it has helped my players boost their morale, you know we lost the first game, so the morale was down, but after this win I’m confident of good results against Simba SC,” he said.
In the league’s other matches, which will be played on Saturday, Namungo FC will host Singida United, JKT Tanzania will confront Lipuli at Isamuhyo Stadium and Mbao FC will host Biashara United at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.
The league will continue the following day, which will see Ndanda entertain Mwadui FC, Prison face Ruvu Shooting and Alliance host Kagera Sugar at CCM Kirumba Stadium.