26 January 2011

Tanzania/Comoros: Chilly Weather Welcomes Simba in Moroni

MAINLAND champions Simba arrived in Moroni, Comoros safely on Wednesday but they are battling with chilly weather condition.

But Coach Patrick Phiri is adamant that his players will cope in time ahead of their CAF Champions League match against the hosts Elan Club de Mitsoudje due on Sunday.

"It is not such a bad weather condition that could affect the overall performance of our players, who most of them are used to pay in much more humid weather conditions in Dar es Salaam. I hope they will get used to this weather here by Sunday," said Phiri.

Skipper Nico Nyagawa said they will not be distracted by the weather condition in Moroni, saying their focus remain on winning the match come Sunday.

Simba departed on Wednesday without wing-back Amir Maftah, who joined the Msimbazi Street outfit from archrivals Yanga prior to the current league season.

The reflexive defender limped off in his side's 3-2 league defeat to Azam FC last Sunday. He had, however, been expected to be fit for the trip and was named in the travelling squad on Monday.

The left-footed defender failed to recover in time, forcing him out of the trip to the Indian Ocean Island. Other players who failed to make the trip are Uhuru Seleiman, Joseph Owino, Salum Aziz Gilla, Kelvin Chale, Salum Kanoni and Faraji Kabali.

Even by losing some key players notably Owino, Maftah and Uhuru, Simba still have plenty of depth at their disposal to take good results away to Mistoudje.

Phiri would particularly welcome the return of Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi who has shaken off the knee injury he picked up during the Mapinduzi Cup tournament.

The players in Moroni with the team are: Goalkeepers: Juma Kaseja and Ali Mustapha. Defenders: Haruna Shamte, Juma Jabu, Juma Nyoso, Kelvin Yondan, Meshack Abel.

Midfielders: Abdulhalim Humoud, Rashid Gumbo, Nico Nyagawa, Mohamed Banka, Jerry Santo, Hilary Echesa, Amri Kiemba and Patrick Ochan. Strikers: Mbwana Samatta, Emmanuel Okwi, Ali Ahmed 'Shiboli', Shija Mkina and Mussa Hassan.

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