WATCHING from the stands as the Mainland champions Simba thumped Jamhuri of Pemba 4-2 in their opening match of the Mapinduzi Cup on Wednesday night, newly appointed Coach Patrick Liewig, felt a 'big' job ought to be done to improve his team.
The Frenchman took some positives from the display but is eager for more good results and good display. He has revealed the tactics he hopes will help Simba perform well in the final round of the Mainland Premier League and the CAF Champions League.
Simba had a dreadful campaign in the final matches of the first round in which they surrendered the lead to their rivals Yanga. This did not please Simba leadership as they decided to part ways with former coach, Serbian Milovan Circkovic and bring on board the former manager of the Paris Saint German Academy.
Observant, Liewig said his team played well against Jamhuri, save for minor mistakes that can easily be rectified. "I think the team still needs to get the balance in a couple of areas. They build the game very well from the rear and the midfielders are fantastic... it's just about making sure that we arrive in the final third so quickly and score goals," he said.
Assistant coach Jamhuri Kihwelo, who was in the touchline along with Ugandan Mosses Basena said his team cruised to victory because the players are a much more experienced team compared to their opponents.
"Our opponents started well and put us under pressure but were not that good at the top end of the final third, we knew we'll hit them on the break and we did so, that is what is called football intelligence," the outspoken tactician said. Equally, Jamhuri coach, Sebba Nkoma, bemoaned the defeat to lack of experience.
"We've so many new faces in our team, majority of them are still young. Hopefully they will improve in the coming matches," he said. In the match Simba notched their goals through youthful Haruna Chanongo's double in the 27th and 29th minutes, while other goals were netted by Shomary Kapombe (57th minute) and Zambian striker Felix Sunzu (66th minute).
In the first match Kenya Premier League reigning Champions continued with their good pre-season form, thrashing Zanzibar Premier League side, Bandari FC, 5-1 in a Group A opening match of the ongoing tournament.
New signing Jesse Were opened the scoring and went on to bag another for a brace before Ishmael Dunga made it 3-0 at the interval. Another new boy, Micheal Olunga, came on as a second half substitute and went on to score twice to make it 5-0.
Bandari pulled a consolation late on through Amour Omar Janja. Today, Simba will clash against Tusker in a match billed to be thrilling and tough. Simba lost 3-0 in a friendly match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.