Simba apologise for dismal show

Simba apologise for dismal show

DESPITE playing 270 minutes without scoring, the defending champions Simba remain adamant to bounce back stronger while apologising to their fans for the unconvincing results.

The Msimbazi Street Reds surrendered vital three points at Kaitaba Stadium in Kagera on Wednesday after a 1-0 loss to Kagera Sugar. The defeat saw them glued to the second place on the log with 25 points.

It was another bitter pill for the reigning champions especially after a win-less run in their three back to back NBC Premier League matches beginning with a 1-0 loss to Mbeya City, a goalles draw versus Mtibwa Sugar and a recent 1-0 upset at the hands of Kagera Sugar.

At a post-match briefing, Simba's Media and Communications Manager Ahmed Ally admitted they are going through a painful period as a club but insisted that they will come back stronger in their upcoming matches.

"We are all saddened by these saddening results, but it should be known that in football, such results are common and we need to accept them when they come.

"Losing today (Wednesday) does not mean that we have a bad team but rather it is part of football. We did everything to win the game and we dominated our opponents in all departments but could not manage to emerge winners.

"Let me take this chance to apologise to all Simba fans and members wherever they are and that they should continue to rally behind their team because our focus to retain the title is not affected as we have many matches to play," he said.

Moreover, the media boss reminisced last season memories by disclosing that Simba recorded the same setback of stamping two defeats and one draw but went all the way to clinch the title as such, he said they will do the same this season.

"In life, when you have set up your targets, you hardly abandon them and for us, we want to win the championship for the fifth time in a row and this has not been spoiled by the recently recorded results," Ally said.

Simba have now shifted their attention to Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) encounter against Dar City at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday whereby the winning side will proceed into the next round of the contest.

On his part, Kagera Sugar coach Francis Baraza showered praise on his charges for the good job saying defeating a big club of Simba status is not a small thing.

"We are convinced that our game plan worked well for us of not conceding a goal in the first half of the match. They deployed many midfielders which made it hard for us to penetrate but in the second half, we managed to study them well and succeeded to score," he said.

Again, Baraza observed that Simba coach Pablo Franco is yet to discover his starting lineup that is why he makes several substitutions trying to figure out who should fit in his system as such, he took this as an opportunity to upset them.

In his remarks, match winner on the day Hamis Kiiza 'Diego' attributed the victory to the unity in the team saying they worked hard on purpose which in the end was successfully achieved.

He, however, regretted for the red card he picked in the closing stages of the tense match saying it was his first time to be given marching orders throughout his professional career as such, it pained him a lot.

With the triumph, Kagera Sugar moved to the 9th place on the table with 16 points from 13 matches as Baraza believes that his side is now able to compete with any other team on the log.

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