Jwaneng Galaxy wary of Simba SC fans ahead CAF Champions League

23Oct 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Jwaneng Galaxy wary of Simba SC fans ahead CAF Champions League

BOTSWANA's Jwaneng Galaxy fans have expressed fear that Simba SC fans will offer the outfit an added advantage when the clubs meet in 2021/22 CAF Champions League's second preliminary round return leg, scheduled for Sunday in Dar es Salaam.

Many of them fear Simba SC will permit 60,000 fans at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium and convincingly defeat the visitors.

Simba commanded a 2-0 win over the Botswana champions in the showpiece's second preliminary round first leg, which took place in Botswana.

However, the visitors' Coach Morena Ramoreboli has heard the fans' concern and proudly replied that they are not afraid of anything as they are not playing against the fans but they will confront 11 players.

"We had to make quick changes as the players got used to the game and changed the result, but it failed.''

''This weekend we are going with a different strategy abroad,” he said.

"The challenge of 60,000 fans will not stop us from making plans. We are going to play with confidence and great effort. If we go with the fear of the fans we will not succeed.''

''We are not going there to worry about the affairs of their fans, we will fight.''

Simba SC has no record of losing a crucial game of the tournament recently at the stadium again if they have won by a large number of goals away.

Simba SC coach, Didier Gomes, has revealed that in the first match they were forced to go to look for points, and then Dar es Salaam is where they will show their skills.

CAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition run by the CAF. The top club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition.

Due to sponsorship reasons, the official name is TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.

The winner of the tournament earns a berth for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also faces the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season's CAF Super Cup.

Al Ahly is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament ten times.

Egyptian clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, winning the title 16 times.

In 1997 the CAF Champions League replaced the previous pan-African competition, the African Cup of Champions Clubs, which had run from 1964–1996.

The competition is open to the winners of all CAF-affiliated national leagues, as well as the holder of the competition from the previous season.

From the 2004 competition, the runner-up of the league of the 12 highest-ranked countries also entered the tournament creating a 64-team field.

This was in response to the merging of the CAF Cup, the secondary pan-African club competition where the league runners-up would previously play, with the CAF Cup Winners' Cup to create the CAF Confederation Cup.

The 12 countries would be ranked on the performance of their clubs in the previous 5 years.

The Champions League operates as a knockout competition, with a final group stage, with each tie (including the final) played over two legs – home and away.

There are 2 knockout stages, the preliminary stage and the first round (32 teams).

The 16 teams knocked out of the first round are entered into the CAF Confederation Cup to play against the final 16 teams in that competition.

After the first round, the last 16 teams are split into four groups of four.

The winner and runner-up in these groups are sent to play in a quarter-final and the possibility to play semi-finals, in chase of victory, for the chance of contesting the final.