Simba optimistic of progression to CAF Champions League last four   

13Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Simba optimistic of progression to CAF Champions League last four   

TANZANIA’s only representatives in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League, Simba SC, left for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday with high hopes of proceeding to the semi-finals of the competition.

Simba players pose for picture prior to playing one of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League duels at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.  

Simba are meeting DRC football big guns, TP Mazembe, in Lubumbashi today in the second leg of the last eight stage.

Simba are in DRC with a full squad, with the exception of influential defender Pascal Wawa, who will be out of action for a period of two weeks due to muscle injury.

The two sides settled for a barren draw in the first leg of the last eight stage at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on April 6.

Today’s match is very important to both sides. For Simba to advance to the next stage, they need either a win of any kind or a draw.

However, recent history shows that TP Mazembe have not lost any game at home but Simba SC head coach Patrick Aussems said his side is ready to change the history.

He said after goalless draw in Dar es Salaam, Simba stand a big chance of proceeding to the next stage.

"We are going to Mazembe with the aim of winning, I am very sure we will beat them and qualify for the semi-finals, I am sure of that and I think nothing will stop us from achieving our goal," the Belgian tactician disclosed.

During the previous encounter in Dar es Salaam, Simba dominated ball possession.

However, Simba have not scored any goal in away matches in the competition, while conceding 12 goals.

Aussems though said the team is improving and chances are very high that they will win today’s game.

One of TP Mazembe coaches, David Mwakasu, said they respect Simba but his charges will emerge winners in Lubumbashi.