Plateau United manager, Abdu Maikaba has said his side are very well prepared for the CAF Champions League game against Simba Sports Club, The SportsBay reports.
Plateau United who are appearing in the CAF Champions League for the second time in their history will be facing Tanzanian side Simba SC in Jos on Sunday at the New Jos Stadium.
The ‘Peace Boys’ will battle the Tanzania Mainland Premier League champions on Sunday before playing the reverse fixture on December 6 in the preliminary round encounter.
Over the last decade, there have been no matches between these two teams.
However, Plateau Utd with a win rate of 81% at home has played 22 games in the last 12 months winning 11, drawing 7 and losing 4 games while Simba has played 26 matches within the same duration winning 19, drawing 4 and losing 3 games.
Speaking with Plateau United manager, Abdu Maikaba, the team is prepared to take on Simba despite the challenges he has faced in recent weeks.
“We are doing our very best to prepare the team. We faced challenges in our preparation like the protests which caused the state government to declare curfew. Despite these, we are prepared to face Simba this Sunday.
“I know Simba FC from when I was a child when they came to play in Kano then. For now, I have some of their videos and we are studying them,” he said.
He further revealed that he aims to win the trophy but he will remain focused and take the challenge game by game while lamenting the delay in the kickoff of the domestic league.
“Our target now is Simba first. We are looking to take on team step by step, game by game. Simba is a very good side and so we will remain focused and get the results against them.
“The non-kick off of the league is one of the factors affecting Nigerian clubs. Most often we start our continental games without commencing our domestic league which is not good for the clubs representing the country.
“This year will be the same but as I said earlier, we have tried our best and prepared the team to cross this hurdle. If we are able to cross this hurdle, and we prepare for the next one, we should have started our league. Our players will be match fit to play against any team,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Players and officials of Simba Sports Club of Tanzania on Friday arrived Jos to face Plateau United in the CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg tie.
The 46 man delegation of Simba SC which arrived Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Wednesday, was led by Ahmed Msafiri Mgoyi in company of the Tanzanian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Benson Bana Tzambassadir.
The delegation which comprises 30 players, technical crew, the Chief Executive Officer of the club as well as other backroom staff lodged at Valadar Hotel and Lamonde Hotel which is not far from each other.
The team is expected to have a work out at the Jos international stadium Saturday afternoon in order to have a feel of the playing turf before the encounter on Sunday.
According to the Media officer of Plateau United, Albert Dakup as stated in a press release the match which is expected to kick off by 4pm would only be watched by 30 percent fans in strict compliance with the Covid-19 protocol as stipulated by the National Centre for Disease Control and the presidential Task Force on Covid-19.