Simba sweat over first-choice goalkeeper’s fitness

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Simba SC are sweating over the fitness of national team goalkeeper Aishi Manula after he sustained a head injury following a collision with JKT Tanzania striker Danny Lyanga on Monday.

Salum had to be pulled out and rushed to hospital in the 70th minute. Simba’s coach Didier Gomes said the update he received from the club’s medical team was that he was recovering well.

“After the game ends, the doctor has told me that everything is alright, he has been taken to hospital to undergo tests and we are waiting for answers. Manula is a very important player and I’m sure he will be able to play in Sudan,” Gomes said.

On Tuesday morning, Simba spokesperson Haji Manara said they expected him to join his teammates on Wednesday when they travel to Sudan for their Group A Caf Champions League tie against El Merreikh.

Manula is a key player for Simba and has not conceded a single goal in the last five matches that include the match against African champions Al Ahly.

The last time Manula he let in a goal was February 7, 2021 in a 2-2 draw against Azam in a Vodacom Tanzania Premier League game.

Simba will be hoping for his quick return as they look to firm up on top position in Group A. They lead the group after a crucial away win at AS Vita in DRC and the shock 1-0 win over Ahly. Their Friday opponents El Merreikh are yet to win a match in the group and are perched at the basement of the standings.

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By Ramadhani Juma

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