Masoud Djuma, Simba‘s assistant coach, said after the team had commanding a 5-0 aggregate win over Gendamarie of Djibouti in the preliminary stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, the former are now focusing on the Mainland Premier League’s games.
"The preliminary round match of the CAF Confederation Cup against the Djibouti side is over, we are now looking forward to our Mainland Premier League encounter against Mbao FC, the players will rest for a day and then resume training," he said.
The Burundian tactician said he and the rest of the outfit’s technical panel are impressed with the team performance but said the panel will meet the club’s executive committee to strategize on how to face the Egyptian giants, Al Masry, in the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Mbao FC coach, Etienne Ndayiragije, whose side was knocked out of this year’s Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) by Njombe Mji FC on Wednesday, said they are now focusing on the next week’s match against Simba.
Mbao FC went all the way to the final of the last year’s ASFC and lost to Simba in a closely contested match in Dodoma.
"We have lost to Njombe Mji FC on post-match penalties of the ASFC but that did not demolish our side, we are looking forward to the game against Simba SC," he said.
Simba are now leading the rest of the pack in the Mainland Premier League, having played 18 matches, come out victorious in 12 and registered draw in six.
They are the only side yet to taste a loss this season and boast if a good goal aggregate of 33 having scored 41 goals and leaked eight.
The Dar es Salaam side, as well, boasts of the league’s leading goal scorer in striker Emmanuel Okwi, who has slotted in 14 goals.
Simba’s efforts to stretch their winning run in the league encountered a hitch as the team settled for a 2-2 draw with Mwadui of Shinyanga in the previous match at the Kambarage Stadium.
Mbao FC is currently in the 11th spot having played 18 matches, registered win in four, posted draw in seven and lost as many to collect 19 points.