Simba SC official urges players, technical bench to evaluate performance

By Seth Mapoli , The Guardian
Published at 09:39 AM Apr 12 2024
Chairman of Simba’s Board of Directors, Salim Abdallah.
Photo: Courtsey Of Simba SC
Chairman of Simba’s Board of Directors, Salim Abdallah.

SIMBA SC's Information and Communication Manager, Ahmed Ally, has challenged the club's technical bench and players to improve the results and restore trust among the fans.

Ally revealed after Simba SC’s exit from CRDB Federation Cup, having lost 6-5 to Mashujaa FC in the Round of 16 clash which took place in Kigoma on Tuesday.

Simba SC has for that matter been eliminated in two competitions in the space of one week and failed to meet the outfit's goals before the beginning of this season. 

The team crashed out of the CAF Champions League knockout phase, losing to Egypt’s Al Ahly in the rematch in Egypt last weekend.

On Tuesday, Simba SC bowed out of the CRDB Federation Cup, suffering the loss to 10-man Mashujaa FC in the Round of 16 duel at Lake Tanganyika Stadium.

The match had ended in a 1-1 draw after the regular 90 minutes, forcing penalties that went in favour of Kigoma-based Mashujaa FC which won 6-5.

Ally pointed out that giving fans encouraging words during this run of tough losses is hardly enough, adding it is now time for the players and technical bench to take measures to achieve good results.

"It is tough for one to be a Simba SC fan at the moment, exiting two tournaments in one week is devastating. I can't have words for our fans to understand us, it is time our technical bench and players evaluated themselves and (seek to) turn our fortunes around," he disclosed.

"We have failed to fulfill many of our goals this season, we wanted (to sail through to) the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League and got eliminated in the quarterfinals, we wanted to win the CRDB Federation Cup and we faced elimination," he added.

"We only have the NBC Premier League to fight for now, which means almost 60 percent of our goals have not been achieved, we need everyone to evaluate his duties,” the official pointed out.

“There's something we have failed to achieve either as a group or individually and we all have to fix it so we can achieve our goals next season, (we should focus on) the remaining competition, which is the league," Ally noted.

Ally also called everyone at the club to boost morale and keep their heads up ahead of the remaining league games, giving hopes for lifting the Premier League trophy are still there and all they need is winning ties.

The official stated: "Where there's a will there is always a way, we need to use the minimal chances we have to our advantage, our next match is the one against Ihefu SC, we have to win that match and gain momentum for our derby against Yanga."

Ally further spoke about his team's fatigue after playing two intense knockout games against Al Ahly, travelling back to Tanzania, and playing two days after arriving.

The official stated such a situation made it tough for the players to recover and prepare for the CRDB Federation Cup's Round of 16 phase game.