Wekundu wa Msimbazi berharap bisa mengalahkan tim Mesir itu dalam pertemuan ketiga mereka di kejuaraan kontinental
Simba SC telah membentuk seruan menjelang pertandingan Liga Champions Caf melawan raksasa Mesir Al Ahly pada hari Selasa.
Wekundu wa Msimbazi akan menjamu Al Ahly di Stadion Benjamin Mkapa di Dar es Salaam dan yang pertama telah menciptakan ‘Total War in Dar’ sebagai slogan mereka menjelang pertandingan kunci.
“Terakhir kali kami bertemu di sini di Dar es Salaam, kami mengalahkan Al Ahly 1-0 pada 2019 dan slogan kami saat itu adalah ‘Ya, kami bisa’,” kata Haji Manara, juru bicara Simba, kepada wartawan, Jumat.
“Sebelum pertandingan terakhir [vs FC Platinum] kami mengatakan ‘Perang di Dar’ perang yang terjadi dalam 90 menit, itu adalah perang darah dan keringat dan kami muncul sebagai pemenang.
“Kali ini panggilan clarion [Total War in Dar’. Al Ahly are a big team but we are at a point of no return we must fight them and we must win.”
Manara revisited history as he backed up his arguments that Simba are destined for a home win against the Egyptian Red Devils.
“The previous home match came when we had been defeated 5-0 by both Al Ahly and AS Vita and we were laughed at,” he added.
“But we ended up picking a 1-0 win that almost took us to the quarter-finals early. Every time we have played against Al Ahly in Tanzania, we have ended up winners. We defeated them in 1985 when they were the defending champions of Caf Club Cup Winners and the latest win was 1-0 when Meddie Kagere scored.
“We are capable of beating them again. Everyone associated with Simba has that hope that we can win on Tuesday. From the players, the technical bench, officials and fans all are hopeful.”
Manara also revealed players turned down an offer to take rest days after struggling against Biashara United, eventually winning 1-0.
“The players did not take off days granted after the Biashara game because they need to train and give Tanzanians an entertaining game against Al Ahly,” he continued.
“We accept that we are not at their levels but Simba always love playing big teams.
“We are psychologically prepared knowing that we have no other choice but to win on Tuesday. A win will take us closer to our target which is to qualify for the semi-final of the Champions League.”
The second Group A game has come after Simba won the away match against AS Vita.