Simba Sports Club has described remarks made by Orlando Pirates Co-coach Mandla Ncikazi after their CAF Confederation cup quarterfinal match as false and defamatory allegations.
In a statement released by the team’s management and signed by Chief Executive Officer Barbara Gonzalez, Simba will file a formal complaint to CAF and through the diplomatic channels to address the severity of what was alluded to as a result of what the coach said.
“We vehemently condemn the unprofessionalism and unethical exhibited by Coach Ncikazi through his remarks and as Tanzanian’s we pride ourselves on providing a safe and secure environment for all activities and ensure a high stand of service is provided to all our guests,” Gonzalez said.
Further, Gonzalez said they were deeply puzzled by the strange behaviour of Orlando Pirates since their arrival into Tanzania as they denied all gestures accorded to them.
“In addition to the above, Orlando Pirates arrived over an hour late to the official training session set by CAF, yet stadium officials were kind to accommodate them and most strangely, the peculiar decision to use an unofficial entry into the stadium dressing rooms via the media room,” Gonzalez explained.
The club has therefore asked the Government of Tanzania and the Government of South Africa to accord them all the necessary security ahead of their travel to South Africa for the second leg quarterfinal match on 24th of April, 2022.
“The in-direct threats to our safety and security are not to be dismissed, and should anything happen to Simba during our stay, we will understand the route of any incident,” the statement highlighted.