Sevilla name strong squad to face Simba SC in LaLiga World Challenge

By Robin Toskin: Wednesday, May 22nd 2019 at 00:05 GMT +3 | Football
Shomari Kapombe of (left) Simba SC battles for the ball with Duke Abuya of Kariobangi sharks during the SportPesa Super Cup at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Uefa Europa League five-time winners Sevilla have named a full-strength side to face Tanzania's Simba SC in a LaLiga World Challenge clash in Dar Es Salaam on Thursday.

Captain Jesus Navas, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010 and formerly with Manchester City, leads the Spanish side for battle against a Tanzanian side boasting lethal former Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere.

Argentine midfield maestro Ever Banega, French striker Wissam Ben Yedder, Spain's Aleix Vidal and Pablo Sarabia make up LaLiga side's 20-man squad for the showdown in East African country.

Sevilla have already sealed a Uefa Europa League berth while Simba SC lead the 20-team Tanzanian Premier League with 85 points with five matches to go.

Simba Sc will field the bulk of its team that lost at the quarterfinal stage of the Caf Champions League to TP Mazembe of DR Congo.

Tanzania top striker John Bocco, who is expected to lead Taifa Stars challenge at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month is also in the squad along with goalkeeper Aishi Manulu.

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Ugandan legion of Emmanuel Okwi, Juuko Murshid, Mzamiru Yassin will also have a bite of Spanish flavoured football.

The fixture is part of the LaLiga World Challenge programme aimed at bringing the Spanish league closer to its fans.

LaLiga is ranked first in the Uefa index with its teams having dominated European Leagues in recent years. Spanish clubs have won the last five Uefa Champions League titles.

The 2018/19 Champions League final will be contested between English clubs; Liverpool and Tottenham at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

Simba SC 

20-Aishi Manulu
5-Yusuf Mlipili
27-Chama Clatous
 30-Deogratius Munishi
 7-Emmanuel Okwi
 24-Hassan Dilunga
18-Erasto Nyoni
3-James Kotei
20-Jonas mkude
 26-Juuko Murushid
 14-Meddie Kagere
 15-Mohammed Hussein
4-Mohammed Yassini
 19-Mzamiru Yassin
 29-Nicholas Gyan
 8-Haruna Niyonzima
 6-Pascal Wawa
 34-Rashidy Juma
10-Adam Salamba
 21-Zana  Coulibably
 22-John Bocco
13-Said Ndemla
 Sevilla FC
1-Tomáš Vaclík (GK)
3-Sergi Gómez
4-Simon Kjaer
5-Ibrahim Amadou
7 Roque Mesa
8-Manuel Agudo “Nolito”
9-Wissam Ben Yedder
 10-Ever Banega
11-Aleix Vidal
13-Juan Soriano (GK)
16-Jesús Navas
17-Pablo Sarabia
18-Sergio Escudero
19-Munir El Haddadi
21-Quincy Promes
22-Franco Vázquez
 23-Guilherme Arana
 24-Joris Gnagnon
25 -Gabriel Mercado
 41-Bryan Gil