19 February 2013

Tanzania: Simba - We Can Beat Libolo Away

Simba remain optimistic about their prospects of making the first round of the CAF Champions League despite conceding 1-0 defeat against Clube Recreativo do Libolo in the first leg of the preliminary round tie.

Joao Martins stunned the Mainland Premier League champions when he headed in the only goal of the game in the 24th minute connecting a good delivered cross from Dario Cardoso, as the Angolan side grabbed an away advantage before the return leg in two weeks time.

But Simba assistant coach Jamhuri Kihwelo refused to be daunted despite his side needing nothing less than a win to have any chances of sailing through into the next round. "We can win away. Libolo have done it here and I believe we can do it in Angola, why not?

We should have the initiative to try to win," he told journalists post-match. "This is the game of football; they created one chance of note and scored from it. We created problems for them and had about three or four clear chances but couldn't score, nevertheless we do not worry, this tie is not over."

Simba left the match with a bittersweet feeling because they deserved more against a Recreativo do Libolo, whom Kihwelo believes they dominated, especially in the second half. "We're going to reflect on this result and try to work on our mistakes ahead of the second tie.

We will go with the same mentality, believing that we can win. We realise that you have to go there to win," Simba were without key striker Felix Sunzu, who is sidelined with injury, and coach Patrick Liewig was forced to field Haruna Moshi, Haruna Chanongo and Mrisho Ngassa in the attack but the trio carried little threat going forward.

However, Kihwelo played down the absence of natural striker as the reason for his side's lack of cutting against Libolo saying: "Everyone in this team can score.

We're just unlucky today with the number of chances we created." The two teams will lock horns once again for the return leg in two weeks, but Simba should first chew over tricky domestic assignments against Prisons and Mtibwa Sugar before making a daunting trip to Angola.

Meanwhile, the Champions League clash between Simba and Recreativo do Libolo staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday has realized 133,795,000/-.

A statement issued by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) revealed that Simba received 76,093,875/- from the collection, which is 75 percent. Other recipients were TFF and CAF who shared out 10,145,850, National Stadium management received 15,218,775/-, a mandatory 15 percent of the collection.

Match officials and ticketing cost 24,926,500/- and 7,410,000/- respectively. The Confederation Cup tie between Azam and El Nasir of South Sudan played at the same venue grossed 34,046,000/-, with hosts Azam through Prime Time Promotions pocketing in 29,267,000/-.

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