What Simba need to reach Caf last-eight

Thursday February 14 2019

Simba fans cheer the Msimbazi Reds during the

Simba fans cheer the Msimbazi Reds during the Caf Champions League match against Al Ahly of Egypt at the National Stadium on Tuesday. Simba won 1-0. PHOTO | MICHAEL MATEMANGA 

By Citizen Reporter and Agencies @TheCitizenTz news@thecitizen.co.tz

Dar es Salaam. The Caf Champions League Group D is now wide open after Tuesday’s matches, which saw rejuvenated Simba maintain their 100 per cent home record.

Simba stunned record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 and Algeria’s JS Saoura pipped AS Vita Club of DR Congo by the same score.

The Msimbazi Reds are now second with six points, one adrift of group leaders Al Ahly, Saoura five and V Club four with each club having two matches remaining, one at home and one away.

They (Simba) need a win away to JS Saoura and avoid defeat at home against Vita to progress to the quarter-finals.

Ace striker Meddie Kagere scored the match-winner for Simba in the 65th minute at the National Stadium while Saoura left it late to secure maximum points, Ziri Hammar netting 12 minutes from time in Bechar.

In this sensational victory that saw Simba leap to second spot in their group, Kagere beat Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy with a sizzling shot to hand the Egyptians their first Group D defeat.