TPLB fines Simba SC defender, fans for violent conduct

30Apr 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TPLB fines Simba SC defender, fans for violent conduct

THE Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) has fined Simba SC 500, 000/- for violent acts witnessed during the side's league clash against Gwambina FC, which took place in Misungwi, Mwanza on April 24.

The punishment comes at a time Simba have been in good form as they have picked up six wins since they shifted to focus to the domestic competitions.

“Simba have been fined 500,000/- for violent acts exhibited by its supporters who threw empty bottles into the pitch. The actions saw the police swiftly act in order to restore sanity before the game was allowed to proceed thereafter,” the board noted in a statement.

The statement noted: ''The violent conducts occurred during the Gwambina game on April 24 at Gwambina Stadium in Mwanza. The fines have been meted on Simba based on the provisions of Premier League regulation number 45(1).”

Additionally, Simba SC defender Ibrahim Ame has been banned and fined for obstructing a match official during the same game.

He will miss his club's league clash against Yanga, set to take place on May 8, as well as clashes against Coastal Union and Azam FC.

''[Ibrahim] Ame of Simba has been banned from taking part in three games and a fine of 500, 000/- for obstructing the assistant referee during the Gwambina FC game. Ame has been fined on provisions of article 39:5(5.6) of the Premier League player’s code of conduct," the statement added.

Meanwhile, referee Godfrey Msakila has been banned for three matches for his failure to take control of the game.

Msakila has been punished based on the provisions of Premier League regulation number 40:5 (5.6).

Elsewhere, Simba SC’s head coach Gomes Didier Da Rosa has explained how they are preparing to take on their CAF Champions League quarterfinals opponents.

“We are using internal games in order to prepare for the international games and if we do well then the players' morale will be high when that time comes,” Da Rosa said.

He stated: “You know quarter-final games are tough and require top-notch preparations and I have collected analysis from a friend in South Africa and Algeria in order to help me prepare the team.''

He disclosed: “I have videos of three teams that I am likely to face and we have been looking at them from an expertly perspective. We have discovered a number of technical aspects from the teams and we are critically looking at them in order to use them as our own weapons against them.''

He noted: “I am not worried at all and I believe we are going to do good and reach the semi-final."

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