Simpemba eyes FA Cup upset

Ian Simpemba
Ian Simpemba

Ian Simpemba admits he will have no problem celebrating an FA Cup winner against his former club Dover Athletic on Saturday.

The Eastbourne Borough skipper has fond memories of his time with the Kent club who gained promotion to the Conference Premier last season.

Simpemba was a key player for Dover and was named supporters player of the year in 2013. However, the 31-year-old insists that’s now consigned to the history books and he’ll be doing all he can to help cause an FA Cup upset. Simpemba, who reached the semi-finals against Liverpool with Wycombe Wanderers in 2001, said, “Make no mistake if I score the winner I will be going bananas. I get the no celebrating if you have done a Frank Lampard and scored against Chelsea for Man City. I had a good time at Dover but I’m employed by Eastbourne now. It’s a huge game for the club and we will be doing our best to get into the first round.”

FA Cup prize money now starts to get serious for Eastbourne Borough. They have already banked £12,000 after closely fought wins against Ryman League clubs Enfield Town and Kingstonians. Victory against Dover at Priory Lane tomorrow would earn the club a further £12,500 and set up a potentially lucrative first round tie. Simpemba added, “It’s amazing what the FA Cup can do for a team. I have experienced it and Pacs (Richard Pacquette) has too. It would be great for the younger lads in the team to have something similar.

“We are one game away from the first round and who knows who you can get? The big clubs start to come in and we want to be in the hat alongside them.

“We have to be on it 100 per cent. We showed we can do it against Ebbsfleet, so why not? We can cause an upset.”