SIMBA SC have jetted back in Dar es Salaam from South Africa, ready for their clash against Rwanda champions Rayon Sports as part of the club’s eagerly awaited ‘Simba Day’ bonanza at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
The Msimbazi Reds concluded their pre-season build up games in South Africa with a 1-1 draw against the South Africa 2016/17 premier league champions Bidvest Wit FC in a match held at the Sturrock Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday.
After losing 0-1 on Tuesday to Soweto giants Orland Pirates, Simba looked a much brighter side on Thursday and went ahead in the 33 minute through their newly signed defender Erasto Nyoni.
The two sides went into the break with the country’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup in the lead. Wits alias the ‘Clever Boys’ had to wait until the second half to pull level to deny Simba their first victory in South Africa.
Simba pitched a two weeks pre-season camp at the Eden Vale in Johannesburg in preparation for the Mainland Premier League 2017/18 season, which kicks off on August 26th this year.
Simba, under Cameroonian coach Joseph Omog, are also preparing for the next season, CAF Confederation Cup. The annual event is increasingly becoming popular among Simba supporters and this will be the eighth-year in a row the Reds stage the bonanza, which precedes the start of the Mainland Premier League season.
As usual, the club will use the day to unveil new kits for the 2017/18 season, introduce their entire squad for the forthcoming season and award outstanding current and former player.
The new faces will include returning ace striker Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi, Ebusua Dwarfs captain Nicholas Gyan from Ghana, John Bocco, Haruna Niyonzima, Aishi Manula, Salim Mbonde and Shomari Kapombe.
Meanwhile, Rayon Sports have confirmed a preseason friendly match against Simba on the occasion of the Tanzanian club’s 81st anniversary.
The team was due to arrive in Dar es Salaam yesterday, two days before the game and head coach Olivier Karekezi believes the game will provide him the best opportunity to have a better look at his players in a competitive environment.
“From every angle you look at it, this game will greatly benefit us and hopefully we will play more warm-up matches before the start of the season,” Karekezi said on Wednesday evening.