Wednesday Apr 20, 2022. 16:00
Simba intend to lodge a formal complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following the “defamatory” comments made by Mandla Ncikazi after Orlando Pirates’ 1-0 defeat in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.
The Lions will take a slender advantage into the second leg of their Confederation Cup quarterfinal tie against the Buccaneers after Shomari Kapombe’s 68th-minute penalty settled the contest at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.
Pirates co-coach Ncikazi claimed that his team were treated “like animals” on their visit to Tanzania’s largest city, although Simba questioned the actions of the Soweto giants, who snubbed “all friendly gestures” from the hosts.
The Tanzanian champions issued a statement which read: “Simba Sports Club is deeply disappointed with the defamatory remarks made by Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi after their Confed Cup quarterfinal loss against us on Sunday.
“We condemn the unprofessionalism and unethical behaviour by coach Ncikazi through his remarks. As the host team, we will not tolerate slander of that kind against our country and club.
“As Tanzanians, we pride ourselves on providing a safe and secure environment for all activities and ensure a high standard of service is provided to all our guests.
“As their opponents we were deeply puzzled by the strange behaviour of Pirates since their arrival in Tanzania. All friendly gestures accorded to them were openly denied, starting with the vehicles provided for their logistics, and the suggested hotels in close proximity to the stadium.
“In addition Pirates arrived more than an hour late to the official training session set by CAF, yet stadium officials were kind to accommodate them, despite their deliberate choice to stay a far distance from the stadium (out of town).
“Most strangely, the peculiar decision to use the unofficial entry to the stadium dressing rooms via the media room. This is not how mega-clubs conduct themselves and for that they must accept all responsibility for their own actions that resulted in poor choices made since their arrival into Tanzania, despite receiving prior friendly advice from Simba.”
Simba head to South Africa for the return leg at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday, April 24 and have requested that their security be guaranteed in Johannesburg.