The two Tanzanian giants pursue the league title in the current campaign and face each other in the league this weekend
Simba SC captain John Bocco is confident his side will get the most points when they host rival Yanga SC in a Tanzania Mainland League game on May 8.
Wekundu wa Msimbazi hasn’t won any of his last three Kariakoo Derbies in the league. They’ve lost once and drawn twice, and with both teams battling to win the league this season, the competition should be tight.
With that in mind, the imposing striker expects a tough game but they have a good team capable of claiming three points.
“The derby will be difficult, but we will organize ourselves for a better chance of winning the game,” said Bocco. Goal.
“Our team is good with quality and experienced players and I have no doubts that we will fight to make sure we get a positive result in this game.
“We respect Yanga, they are a good team who have started the season well, and even the way they play, you can tell they are quality.
“However, I think we will prepare better than Yanga and end up getting the most points in this particular game.
“Despite their quality, they have no chance to beat us.”
Last weekend, the defending Tanzania Cup champions came with a goal to defeat Kagera Sugar 2-1 to advance to the final eight.
Erick Mwaijage struck for the Sugar Millers in the 44th minute, but Bernard Morrison and Meddie Kagere responded in the 56th and 66th minutes, respectively, to secure a lead for Mnyama.
The Tanzania international has since opened up on why the Msimbazi Street-based accusations struggled in the first half and then thanked fans for their support.
“In the first half it was not easy, Kagera was well organized and that’s why we struggled,” added Bocco.
“But after the break we stepped up, doubled our efforts and managed to get the maximum points. We thank our fans for the support they gave us, they supported us no matter the harsh weather conditions.”
Yanga SC also qualified for the final eight after their controversial 1-0 victory over Tanzania Prisons on Saturday, where their opponents were certain they deserved a penalty.
Mwadui beat Coastal Union 2-0 to advance, while Dodoma Jiji also qualified for the last eight after a 2-0 victory over Kinondoni City Council (KMC).