Simba SC have suffered a major blow ahead of their CAF Champions League quarter-final against Kaizer Chiefs, head coach Didier Gomes has admitted.
The Tanzanian Premier League champions were due to face their Dar es Salaam rivals Yanga SC on Saturday but the game was postponed in controversial fashion.
Initially, the match was scheduled to be played from 17:00 but was moved to 19:00 by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) which Yanga duly ignored.
The club stated that it went against league rulings and were the only side to pitch for the warm-up on the originally scheduled time while match officials and Simba weren't in attendance as fans flocked to the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
"The players were ready for this game and the preparations were complete. We wanted to play today's match to increase the morale of the players but it has failed so we are preparing for the next game," Gomes said as their last competitive fixture was on May 27.
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"We received all the information that the game has been moved forward, I apologise to Simba fans and football stakeholders in the country for the inconvenience caused personally I am shocked by that but I believe it will end safely."
Simba will face Coastal Union tomorrow afternoon at 18h00 before travelling to Johannesburg for the first-leg tie against Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.