Simba Aiming to Rebound from Derby loss as They Host Namungo

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Simba are back at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium this Thursday evening to meet with Namungo in the NBC Premier League with the Msimbazi Reds  looking to get back on track just days after suffering a humiliating derby  loss to Young Africans.

They will no doubt be looking at this fixture as one that could help salvage something out of a dark period for the club. Their 5-1 defeat at the  weekend cost head coach Robert Oliveira his job.

Care-taker Simba coach Dani Cadena

The team is now under care-taker coach Daniel Cadena who was part of Robertinho’s technical staff as a goalkeeper coach. Speaking ahead of the game, Cadena said Simba have a desire to restart as they attempt to recover from their derby loss.

“It is not the best moment for us now. We need to work and forget everything and prepare for the next game. I am  a man who is here to work, the goalkeepers know, the players know. They told me they will give 100%. Focus is on the upcoming game because we want to win. We need to clean the negative around us.”

Meanwhile, after eight league matches, Namungo have only managed one, losing four times and drawing the rest. Only a better goal difference separates them from the four teams in the relegation zone.

In addition, Namungo do not have a good head-to-head record against Simba in their last eight league fixtures. They are yet to win against Simba, suffering five defeats and drawn three games. Last season, they succumbed to  a 1-0 loss at Benjamin Mkapa before battling for a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Majaliwa Stadium.

In spite of their poor record against Simba, head coach Dennis Kitambi who is leading the team for the third game was upbeat ahead of the match. Kitambi who was once Simba assistant coach declared they will deploy the same tactics used by Al Ahly and Young Africans.

“If you look at the previous matches played by Simba, it was 5-1, 1-1, 2-2, 2-1, they have conceded a goal in each game. So our preparations started from there. In a game like this you must have a positive attitude. Find out what can give you an advantage.”

“The advantage we have and I emphasized to the players is that Simba concedes goals. We must go into this game believing we can score and take this opportunity to attack them.”

“The other thing is that sometimes you don’t need to be very creative. Look at what your predecessors have done. Al Ahly and Yanga have given us a template of how to play against Simba. I can’t  have a headache when the template has been handed to us. We will pass through the same channels.”

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