Al Ahly jet into Dar

11Feb 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Al Ahly jet into Dar

SIMBA SC’s opponents in tomorrow's 2018/19 CAF Champions League match, Al Ahly of Egypt, were set to jet into Dar es Salaam in the morning hours of Sunday.

The Egypt club's delegation is made up of 21 players, technical panel and officials. Upon their arrival they went straight to rest and were expected to go for training session yesterday.

Al Ahly’s head coach, Martin Lasarte, could not give an interview but is reported to have told media in Egypt that his club has come to Tanzania for a mission to collect maximum points in the game, which will be played at the National Stadium.

Lasarte boasts of a full squad, with the exception of a few influential players who did not make it due to injuries.

"Our aim is to collect maximum points in Tanzania, it will not be easy but we are well prepared for the encounter," he said.

Simba are currently placed third in in Group D of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League’s standing and, for the outfit to remain in contention for progression to the next stage of the competition, they must win tomorrow’s game.

The Msimbazi Street-based squad has three points from as many games while Al Ahly are leading the group with seven points.

AS Vita Club of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are occupying the second position with four points and Algeria’s JS Saoura are at the bottom of the group with two points.

Tomorrow’s results will define Simba’s future in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League as anything short of maximum points will see the outfit’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals become very slim.

Simba’s head coach, Patrick Aussems, assured football lovers in the country that his charges are ready for Al Ahly.

He said he has worked on the shortfalls which he observed in recent matches and he is confident of registering good results at home.

"My charges are all ready for the game, our aim is to collect maximum points so that we can have realistic chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals," he said.

The Belgian tactician’s confidence is coming from the fact that during this season’s CAF Champions League campaign, his team has not lost any match at home.

The club has been playing enterprising football and scoring goals. Much as they have been conceding goals at home, Simba have players who can easily foil any tactics deployed by the visitors.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Simba hosted Mwadui FC in the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League game, which took place at the National Stadium last week, and the former won 3-0.

The hosts displayed hunger and determination to win throughout the match.

During the game, Simba's style of play improved significantly and they outplayed their opponents in all departments.

Simba booked a place in the group stage of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League after cruising to victory over Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini and Nkana of Zambia in the preliminary stage and first round respectively.

The Tanzania soccer big guns posted 8-1 aggregate win over Mbabane Swallows and the former went on to command 5-2 aggregate win over Nkana.

Simba started their campaign in the group stage of the premier continental club tournament on a sound note, cruising to a 3-0 win over JS Saoura of Algeria.

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