SIMBA’s 25 strongman squad left the country for Sudan, ahead of their Saturday’s group A fixture of CAF Champions League against hosts Al Merreikh.
The Mainland representatives travelled to Sudan ahead of their Match Day Three of the group with their number on shot stopper Aishi Manula.
Manula landed awkwardly following a challenge from JKT Tanzania striker Danny Lyanga in their Mainland Premier League encounter at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday evening.
He was stretched out unconscious with 20 minutes remaining and rushed to Hubert Kairuki Memorial Hospital for further treatment and the club announced that he was discharged on Tuesday afternoon.
Simba squad which made the trip to Sudan ready to face the Sudanese giants include skipper John Bocco and goalkeeper Manula.
Other players in Simba contingent are Beno Kakolanya, Ally Salim, Shomari Kapombe, Joash Onyango, Pascal Wawa, Erasto Nyoni, Kennedy Juma, Gadiel Michael, Mohamed Hussein, David Kameta, Jonas Mkude, Rally Bwalya and Mzamiru Yassin.
Also in the list are Hassan Dilunga, Ibrahim Ajib, Clatous Chama, Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Miraji Athumani, Chris Mugalu, Peter Muduhwa, Thadeo Lwaga and Luis Miquissone.
The Reds headed to Sudan at the backdrop of superb form in both Mainland Premier League and CAF Champions League. Simba is the only team with a 100 per cent winning record, sitting top of the group with maximum six points.
They are looking to maintain their superb run of form in the continental top tier club championship.
The Msimbazi Reds have won their two opening matches of the group against much fancied AS Vita of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) posting a 1-0 victory away before registering victory of the same margin against Egypty’s Al Ahly at home.
Their next opponents lost 3-0 against Al Ahly in Cairo in group opener before suffering a 4-1 defeat at their home ground against AS Vita from DR Congo. A defeat against Simba will mark three consecutive defeats in the group.
Miquissone will be looking to maintain his top form after he was named the best player of the week by CAF as recognition of his top display against Egyptian giants and African champions Al Ahly last week. His goal was also picked as best stunner of the week.
Simba’s French tactician Didier Gomes Da Rosa has cautioned his players that they should not underrate their opponents because of their past results, insisting that Al Merreikh is one of the biggest clubs in the continent.
“We must take things very serious and be ready as they are very dangerous at home. They lost at home against AS Vita and they cannot afford another defeat at their back yard home,” disclosed the tactician who is going to face his former side in Omdurman.
However, Gomes said that his squad has the quality, ability and the discipline to get positive result away in Sudan.
“To be honest, it will be a very big fight because like I said, Al Merreikh cannot accept to lose three times consecutively, so we must be ready but you know what we have already done against Al Ahly and if we are able to play like we did against Egyptian giants, we have clear hopes to win,” he said.