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The governing body of African football confirmed the attendance rule after the Tanzanian federation spoke on behalf of Wekundu wa Msimbazi.
Simba SC has received permission to allow 10,000 fans to attend the Caf Champions League Group A match on Saturday at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Caf accepted the wishes made through the Tanzania Football Federation and that means Wekundu wa Msimbazi will have a considerable number of fans supporting them unlike Al Ahly.
“The sale of tickets in the stadium will not be allowed on Saturday, although we know that between 90% and 95% of our fans have a tendency to buy them during the day,” he added. Simba’s spokesperson Haji Manara revealed.
“We understand that it is a tradition that has been with us for a long time and we cannot end it in a short period of time. Tickets will be sold at TFF offices in Karume and at our offices in Msimbazi and the process will be closed at 12:00.
“10,000 is a small number and we don’t expect people to expect tickets to be on sale by Saturday.”
In 2019, ‘do-or-die’ was Simba’s war song against AS Vita and the club has now referred to it.
“This is a critical game and mathematically we must score points in Dar es Salaam. This is a ‘second season of life and death’ and I think we can do it if the fans, the public and the players pray then we will do it, said Manara.
“10,000 people are not few and we hope they offer great support for the boys. We need to win, we don’t need to draw as many people think is the case.
“We not only need to win, we need to lead the group because that will mean that we will meet an opponent who was second in their group.”
The Wekundu wa Msimbazi The official also provided updates on the physical condition and arrival of the players who traveled for international duties for their respective nations during the FIFA break.
“Clatous Chama, Luis Miquissone and Larry Bwalya are already in Dar es Salaam, while Meddie Kagere and Joash Onyango will be the last players to report. All the other players are in good shape and in camp.”
Unbeaten Simba leads the group with 10 points while Al Ahly is second with seven. AS Vita is third with four, while Al Merrikh, who has yet to win a single game, has just one point and sits at the bottom.