Msimbazi giants left for South Africa from Kenya less one player and official for the clash against the Amakhosi
Simba SC arrived in South Africa less one player and official for their Caf Champions League quarter-final clash against the Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
Goal can exclusively reveal Simba defender Pascal Wawa and team coach Adel Zrane were left behind in Nairobi, Kenya after struggling with their travel documents.
The Msimbazi giants traveled through Kenya to Johannesburg and the two were unable to board the plane from Nairobi due to issues with their visas, but they are now expected to get in touch with the team when their papers are sorted.
A source from the team however said Goal the two have started working on their visas and they will soon join the team in South Africa.
“It’s true Pascal [Wawa] and Adel [Zrane] stayed in Kenya because they had a few small issues with their papers, especially visas, but we left them to sort it out, ”the source said. Goal.
“I have no doubts that this will be fixed and that they will join us here in Johannesburg, there is nothing to worry about because their papers have issues and must be cleared for them to travel.”
On Tuesday Simba landed safely in Johannesburg for the first leg with a 24-man squad making the trip, but midfielder Bernard Morrison, who was also having issues with his travel papers, was clearly absent.
However, team manager Simba Patrick Rweyemamu assured Goal the Ghanaian player will join the squad after settling his paperwork issues in Tanzania.
“We left for South Africa minus Bernard [Morrison] because he does not have his papers ready to travel, his visa had not yet arrived and we cannot wait for him ”, declared Rweyemamu Goal.
“The club are still working on their papers and when they are ready they will join us in South Africa, we are confident their papers will be completed in time for Saturday’s game.”
Simba will be hoping to maintain the strength they showed in the group stage, where they conceded just two goals and kept four clean sheets as goalkeepers Aishi Manula and Beno Kakolanya were used between the sticks.
Mozambican winger Luis Miquissone – who scored a clinical goal against Al Ahly on Matchday 3 to earn Simba a surprise 1-0 victory – is expected to be the club’s creative brain during the knockout stage and has also been named. in the traveling team.
Forward John Bocco was also part of the squad and he will fight for a starting role alongside Meddie Kagere and Chris Mugalu.
Simba SC Squad; Goalkeepers: Aishi Manula, Beno Kakolanya and Ally Salim.
Defenders: Shomari Kapombe, Joash Onyango, Pascal Wawa, Ibrahim Ame, Erasto Nyoni, Gadiel Michael, Mohamed Hussein, Kennedy Juma and David Kameta.
Environments: Jonas Mkude, Rally Bwalya, Mzamiru Yassin, Luis Miquissone, Hassan Dilunga, Clatous Chama, Francis Kahata and Taddeo Lwanga.
Strikers: Meddie Kagere, John Bocco, Ibrahim Ajib and Chris Mugalu.