Simba play JS Saoura in crucial CAF Champions League match

09Mar 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Simba play JS Saoura in crucial CAF Champions League match

TANZANIA’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, Simba SC, are today facing Algerian giants JS Saoura in a tricky Group D fixture in Bechar.

Simba have been placed second in the group with six points while JS Saoura have been placed third in the group with four points   and today’s match is a must win for the two sides if they are to reach the quarterfinal stage.

The home side is going into today’s game with caution as its away record in the competition has not been good.

In the first encounter against JS Saoura in Dar es Salaam, Simba won 3-0. The results saw JS Saoura part ways with head coach Nabil Neghiz. The Algerian side has, since then, been unbeaten in all games in the competition.

However, Simba SC head coach, Patrick Aussems, who will miss the services of his influential player Emmanuel Okwi, said all his charges are ready for today’s match, adding morale in the camp is very high and all players are looking forward to the encounter.

He said he is aware that the hosts have improved tremendously, but he has a game plan which will bring good results to his side.

“All players are ready for this game, I know our hosts have not lost any game at home, but we are well prepared as the aim is to collect maximum points,” he said.

Today’s match will be officiated by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) referees Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo, assisted by Safari Kabone and Soulaimane Amidine from Comoro.

In a related development, Tanzania’s U-17 team, Serengeti Boys, ended their spell in UEFA Assist tournament on a bad note, conceding 5-0 defeat to the hosts, Turkey, yesterday. Serengeti Boys were in the same group with Turkey, Australia and Guinea.

The tournament has brought together teams from three continents – Angola, Cameroon, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda from the Confederation of African Football (CAF); Australia, which belongs to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC); and Belarus, Montenegro and Turkey, representing UEFA.

The goal of the event, as disclosed by UEFA, is to give the eight CAF teams that have reached the final qualifying round for this year's FIFA U-17 World Cup – plus Australia, who have already booked their finals place– the opportunity to play a preparatory tournament. It is also a chance for the three UEFA countries to take on opponents of a kind they would otherwise rarely meet.