Simba SC information officer Haji Manara confirmed that their opponents were set to leave Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) today and reach Dar es Salaam hours later.
He said his team entered camp after their barren draw against Lipuli FC in the Mainland Premier League match that took place in the city last weekend and noted they are looking forward to a win against Mbabane Swallows.
“I can confirm that our opponents arrive in Dar es Salaam on Monday (today), our team is ready for them and I am sure the players will do everything so that we can have a bright start in the CAF Champions League,” he said.
He assured football lovers in Tanzania that his team will do well in the CAF Champions League games as the side boasts of a squad full of talent.
Simba have a lot of players who have brought in international exposure, having been regulars for their respective national teams.
The club’s coach Patrick Aussem and his backroom staff have plenty of talents at their disposal.
The players include Emmanuel Okwi and Juuko Murshid who helped Uganda’s national team alias Cranes qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
Others are Shomary Kapombe, Erasto Nyoni and Aishi Manula who are regulars for Tanzania’s national team, Taifa Stars, while Meddie Kagere is important player for Rwanda’s national team, Amavubi.
Both Simba and Mbabane Swallows are coming into the game with similar fortune as they both registered draw in their respective domestic leagues’ matches that took place on Saturday.
Simba were held to a 0-0 by less fancied Lipuli FC while Swallows were booted out of the MTN League by Milanti Chiefs.
However, Simba must be careful as Swallows are coming with full squad and have full confidence of playing CAF Champions League games as they, last year, had a heroic showing by reaching the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Eswatini side also saw off Tanzania’s other side, Azam FC, in the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Mbabane Swallows have also signed former Mbeya City FC head coach, Malawian Kinna Phiri as a consultant coach, replacing head coach Thabo Vilakati who is suspended by CAF.
Phiri, who will be on the technical bench and assisted by Siyabonga Bhembe, comes in with a lot of experience of Tanzania’s football.
The CAF Champions League games are played over a two-legged format with aggregate scores being a determining factor on which team progresses.
The home side will host Mbabane Swallows in the first leg between at the National Stadium with the return leg match scheduled for a week later in Eswatini between December 4 and 5.
If Simba progress past the preliminary round, they will face another Southern Africa team, winners of the preliminary round match between Zambia giants, Nkana FC, and Uniao Desportiva do Songo of Mozambique.