Simba SC canters to victory in CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage

30Nov 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC canters to victory in CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage

FOLLOWING their unanticipated and heartbreaking ouster from this season's CAF Champions League, Simba SC fans were rendered downcast and gloomy.

Simba SC midfielder, Hassan Dilunga (L), speeds past Red Arrows FC defender when the clubs faced off in 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage playoff first leg in Dar es Salaam last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

But one expects that Simba SC’s fervent and devoted legions of supporters are now walking on air following their club’s 3-0 conquest of Red Arrows FC last Sunday in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie.

Indeed, the clash served as the first real test of Simba SC’s new coach Pablo Franco’s coaching acumen and all ardent supporters of the Msimbazi Street giants will be mightily chuffed that the Spaniard passed it with flying colours.

However, this being African football, Simba SC has not yet fully secured the victory over Zambian side Red Arrows FC as the second leg of this tie will be played on the latter’s shores.

By dint of their first leg triumph, though, Simba SC already has one foot in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

That notwithstanding, what matters most now is that Simba SC prepares meticulously for the second leg showdown in Zambia as Red Arrows FC could still snatch victory from the jaws of defeat come to the second leg.

After all, we do not want to revisit our CAF Champions League nightmare when Simba SC was cruelly shoved out of the competition in a most critical second leg, which, significantly, followed a first-leg victory for the Msimbazi Street outfit.

At the time Simba SC’s second leg heartbreak in the CAF Champions League had been not what the doctor had ordered.

Still, on football, the curtains recently closed in the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League (CAFWCL), which is a tournament that had long been promised but had hitherto never been delivered.

Indeed, it is no secret that there had been no pre-eminent continental women’s club football league for numberless years, that is, until the present day.

Nevertheless, despite seeing the light rather late in the day, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) still deserves hearty praise for organizing the first-ever CAFWCL, which has admittedly been a long time coming.

And, perchance it was fitting too that the CAFWCL was hoisted aloft by South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, which has also enjoyed hegemony over continental men’s football during recent years.

This might as well be an opportune time for world football’s governing body, FIFA, to set up the women’s version of the eagerly expected and annual FIFA Men’s Club World Cup.

Indeed, a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup would serve as the perfect springboard for further promotion of women’s football globally, which, as we all know, suffers from a gross lack of sponsorship and promotion too.

Let us still maintain the football theme by turning our focus to the African Amputee Football Cup (CANAF), which is being hosted in our neck of the woods this year.

Pleasingly, our national amputee football team, affectionately dubbed the ‘Tembo Warriors’, have gotten their campaign off to a flying start after bagging a 2-1 victory over Morocco last weekend.

It is hoped then that the Tembo Warriors can stick to winning ways throughout the competition and eventually emerge as the 2021 undisputed CANAF champions, which, if achieved, would most surely rank as a perfect gift-wrapped sporting present for the festive season, which is well and truly on its way.