SIMBASC Head Coach, Sven Vandenbroeck disclosed that high work-rate by his players made the difference in their 3-0 thrashing of Mtibwa Sugar at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro on Tuesday.
The Mainland Premier League defending champions responded positively from the 1-0 loss they suffered against JKT Tanzania at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Friday to get back to winning ways.
First half opening goal by skipper John Bocco, who scored at the death of the opening segment and two goals in the second stanza by Hassan Dilunga and Mohammed Hussein were enough to silence the Morogoro based side.
Speaking after the game, Vandenbroeck lauded his charges for the good job while calling them to continue showing the same spirit in their next league encounters.
“It was a good performance from them than the way we played in past matches. It was simply the high work-rate which made the difference today (Tuesday),” said he.
He also revealed that the deployment of Bocco and Meddie Kagere as twin strikers had a big impact towards their massive victory as each of them played well for the sake of getting good results.
On his part, one of the goal scorers on the day Dilunga thanked God for enabling him to net against a team he described as difficult to beat.
“I have no secret concerning the good performance we displayed only that we played as a team with one aim to win the game. Mtibwa Sugar is a quality side who beat us in the finals of Mapinduzi Cup in Zanzibar hence we agreed not to let them shine again over us,” he said.
He then thanked Simba supporters, who came in big number at Jamhuri Stadium to cheer their team despite losing the previous match.
“Our fans are the ones who keep us moving forward. They are always behind us regardless of the results of the game. We will continue to work hard and reap maximum three points in every match so as to defend the league title at the end of the season,” Dilunga said.
His colleague Mohammed Hussein, who also scored a beautiful goal on the day, said their game plan was to play with high intensity; A thing he said made them to emerge winners.
“In football, sometimes you make mistakes and sometimes you get it right. After losing the past game, we had no other option but to retain morale among ourselves which in the end paid off positively,” Hussein said.
Up next, Simba face Lipuli FC at Samora Stadium in Iringa on Saturday with another chance to pocket vital away three points to stay glued at the top of the league pyramid.
On his side, Mtibwa Sugar Head Coach, Zuberi Katwila disclosed that their own mistakes led to be punished with such a big goal margin.
“We are saddened by the loss as we desperately needed to win at our home ground to be able to move up on the league table. Simba had the ability to command the midfield and we were highly exposed in the second half, where they scored twice,” Katwila remarked.
Mtibwa Sugar Captain Henry Joseph said they conceded cheap goals against Simba but insisted that they need to wake up in their follow-up clashes.