Simba SC sets CAF Confederation Cup semi-final target

22Nov 2021
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Simba SC sets CAF Confederation Cup semi-final target

SIMBA SC Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Gonzalez, struck a confident note during the club’s annual general meeting, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, by boldly declaring the semi-final target for the CAF Confederation Cup for the side.

Simba SC Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Gonzalez. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

In an address to the club's members at the Annual General Meeting held at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC), Barbara underlined the club’s target for the 2021/22 season.

Barbara revealed: "Our target this season is to defend the league title, reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, however, we slipped but God has handed us an opportunity in the CAF Confederation Cup."

"The number one task given to the coach is to reach the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup and retain the Premier League title. We want to win all the competitions that we are participating in this season."

Simba SC was originally competing in the CAF Champions League but dropped down to the CAF Confederation Cup after unfancied Botswana side, Jwaneng Galaxy, beat the former to a ticket to the group stage of the continent’s flagship club competition.

Simba SC has been paired with Zambian outfit, Red Arrows, in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff stage which kicks off this weekend.

Sixteen clubs, which qualified to the next round, will face 16 other sides relegated from the CAF Champions League second preliminary round.

On November 28, Simba SC will host the first leg at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium before travelling to Zambia where the two teams meet again at the Heroes Stadium, on December 5, this year.

The aggregate winners will advance to the group stage which will include a total of 16 teams that will be divided into four groups.

Red Arrows earned a place in the playoffs after eliminating Angolan side, Primeiro de Agosto, 1-0 on aggregate to save Zambian clubs' blushes after three other sides were eliminated in the preliminaries.

Pablo Martin's side will be looking for some piece of history as they could become the third Tanzanian side to ever qualify for the Confederation Cup group stage since the inception of the tournament back in 2004.

Yanga qualified on two past occasions, under tacticians George Lwandamina and Hans van der Pluijm, while debutants Namungo FC reached the lucrative stage last season.