REIGNING champions Simba will be a much improved side prior to the kickoff of the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League season, Coach Patrick Aussems has said.
The Belgian who took charge of the team, replacing a French tactician, Pierre Lechantre, was an impressed man from the performance displayed by the team against Ghanaian giants, Asante Kotoko during the Simba Day friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.
“Today (Wednesday) I’m very satisfied with the performance. We played quick passing game and I want this kind of play because we have players for that… we have players with very good skills.
“Unfortunately it was just a draw, but it is part of the results, I think the fans have also been pleased with the performance of the team.
We still need to make some adjustments and in two weeks we will be better Substitute Adam Salamba missed a spot kick in the 84th minute of the thrilling match as Simba were held to a 1-1 draw by Asante Kotoko.
Simba’s captain on the day Emmanuel Okwi netted the equaliser late in the second half, cancelling out Obed Owuso’s first half strike.
Okwi, is the only player to have featured for the inaugural Simba Day way back in 2009, out to have scored more goals in the match had it been not the outstanding goalkeeping by Kotoko’s Felix Annan.
Lanky striker and Mainland Premier League record goal scorer with 97 goals in ten seasons, John Bocco missed the game because he is still nursing injuries.
Impressive holding midfielder, Jonas Mkude, who is the longest serving player in Simba, featuring for the past ten years was once again a pillar in the pack of the midfield alongside new signing Zambian midfielder, Cletous Chama.
Chama showed class and creativity in the final third of the opponent, creating countless of goal scoring opportunities. For Simba, the Zambian is really a huge coup.
Meanwhile, Yasinta Amos reports that fans, supporters and members of ‘Simba Sports Club,’ in Arusha through their regional branch marked the annual ‘Simba Day,’ here by visiting homeless children as well as a health centre for humanitarian efforts.
The ‘Simba Supporters,’ also kicked off their day by performing cleanliness at the Central Bus Station, before heading off to the Engarenaro Health Centre where they donated soaps, detergents and other sanitation items to the maternity ward at the facility.
The In-Charge at the Ngarenaro Health Centre, Dr Hosea Naaman thanked the Simba delegation, explaining that during the eve of ‘Simba Day,’ a total of 15 new-born babies were delivered at the facility, including 6 boys and 9 girls.
The Simba Regional Branch Secretary, Thabit Ustaadh said the club members in Arusha wanted to give something back to the community, arguing that most people in the city supported their team… or something.
The Simba supporters and fans also took time to pay a visit to the ‘Tumaini For Life,’ Orphanage, which is located at Engosheraton, some ten kilometres South of Arusha City and while there they donated foodstuffs.
Upendo Clement who supervises the Tumaini for Life Children Home revealed that the centre is taking care of 35 children, among them 21 boys and 14 girls and that, unlike other similar outfits, the orphanage does not depend on grants from outside Tanzania.
“Nor do we have permanent supporters, the home sustains itself through a number of income generating projects that we are devising,” said Upendo Clement.
According to the in-charge, some of the activities being undertaken at ‘Tumaini For Life,’ include, dairy cattle keeping, tailoring, rabbit and poultry keeping and other income generating ventures.
The Chairperson of the ‘Simba Sports Club,’ Arusha Branch, Violet Mfuko said ‘Simba Day,’ was an important occasion for their fans, not only in Arusha but club supporters across the country, thus it was vital for them to do memorable and productive things annually.