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Simba wary of Arrows anger

Simba wary of Arrows anger

SIMBA have considered all precautions ahead of their crucial CAF Confederation Cup reverse leg match versus Red Arrows, set at Heroes Stadium in Zambia tomorrow.

The country's solo envoys in the CAF Inter-club tournament head into the game with a comfortable three goals advantage picked after a 3-0 home win hence; they have an added advantage to sail through into the group stage of the tournament.

A brace from a playmaker Bernard Morrison and one contribution from striker Meddie Kagere were enough to plaster smiles on Simba fans who thronged at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium inDar es Salaam last Sunday to cheer their side.

Speaking yesterday before jetting off to Zambia, the club's Acting Information Officer Ally Shatry said they have traveled with a squad of 25 players who are all ready for the do or die clash.

"We are thankful that so far, no injuries in the team have been reported and altogether, a contingent of 50 members  including 25 players are making the trip," Shatry said.

He added their objective in the return leg is nothing less than earning a ticket to progress into the group stage and be able to protect the four slots that Tanzania has in CAF Interclub games. 

"We call upon all Tanzanians to pray for us to do well in Zambia because we are flying high the national colours as such; our victory will be the success of the entire country," he said.

Again, Shatry revealed that Head Coach Pablo Franco is confident that they will produce a good show against Red Arrows and claim good results which will drive them into the last 16 of the contest.

Concerning Covid-19 pandemic, he said they have taken all desired considerations to make sure that once they arrive in Zambia, they do not encounter any challenges from the authorities.

Until now, Simba have not yet lost any match this season, something which is a big boost to them as they take on their opponents who vowed to try to win the game. 

Coach Franco will therefore be adamant to extend his unbeaten run at the helm of the club to four matches and making it to the group stage will be a big tick for him.

Meanwhile, reports Suleiman Jongo that Red Arrows have vowed to fight back in what they term it as‘Airmen’s last blood’ fight.

Through their official social media platforms, Arrows captain Benedict Chepeshi said the team will 'fight and die hard' to the Airmen's last blood to correct the result of the first leg.

Chepeshi said that the team will prepare adequately to get a better result on (this)Sunday.

"We have read what our followers and fans are saying including social media. We fully understand that there is no excuse in football. Whether the pitch was waterlogged or the officiating was partisan as witnessed in Dar es Salaam, we have to move on", Chepeshi said.

As the Zambian side dream of turning things around, Simba are ought to extend their winning spree to hand their opponent an eventual elimination.

On-fire Morrison was earlier quoted by the Daily News as saying that their mission is to sail through to the last 16 of the competition, meaning that Red Arrows should there read the ‘writing on the wall’.

The winners of the two-legged play off will proceed to the prestigious Total Caf Confederation’s group Stage.

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