Simba take on AS Vita Club in crucial CAF Champions League tie       

16Mar 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Simba take on AS Vita Club in crucial CAF Champions League tie       

ALL roads in Dar es Salaam will, today evening, lead to the National Stadium where Tanzania’s only representatives in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League, Simba SC, will confront AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the tournament’s Group D match billed as a must win for either -

Simba SC’s players in a group picture prior to taking part in a recent match in the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League.



This will be a match which the two teams will play their lungs out so as to win because any team, which will accept defeat, will miss out on a place in the last eight stage of the tournament.


Simba have six points from five matches played so far while AS Vita have seven points from the same number of games.


For one of them to qualify for the quarterfinals of the biggest African club football tournament, winning today’s game is a must.


The last time the two teams met in DRC, Simba succumbed to a 5-0 defeat to the hosts, but the general feeling for many football lovers in Tanzania is that the Nation Stadium is the right place for the home side to ruin the Congo giants’ aspirations of reaching the quarterfinals.


It is not surprising, therefore, that Simba top leadership, starting with investor Mohamed Dewji, club’s supporter, January Makamba, who is also Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs and the Environment, as well as the club information officer Haji Manara, have all called on football lovers to make the atmosphere intimidating by jeering AS Vita Club’s players’ every move and cheering the home side.


Simba SC assistant coach Denis Kitambi yesterday said his charges are ready and have promised to stage a good fight against AS Vita Club.


“We are hopeful of staging a battle till the last drop of our blood, this is a must win game for us, the players know the importance of tomorrow’s (today) game, to them, the country and the club," he said.


The assistant coach further said he expects the stadium to be packed to capacity and cheer the home team.


“Only main hope, motivation ad inspiration in tomorrow (today) game is our 12th player (supporters)…with them behind us, anything can be achieved and I am confident of achieving the required results," he said.


Kitambi went on to say that playing at home gives the team additional strength and the situation can as well easily affect the technical and tactical changes of the game.


Simba’s strength mainly depends on such experienced players like Meddie Kagere, Emmanuel Okwi, John Bocco, Paschal Wawa, Erasto Nyoni, who is back from injury, and others.


To make the atmosphere more intimidating to the visitors, Simba announced the match entry fees, which are affordable to many people.


All teams in the group stage of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League will, today, be playing their last matches in their respective groups.


Simba have depended on the National Stadium to progress to the group stage of the event, turning the venue into their fortress as they have won all of their games played at the facility.


Today match, for that matter, is not expected to be different from other games.


AS Vita were yesterday training at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) ground but refused to grant interviews to media.







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