Wednesday Dec 09, 2020. 12:00
Mohamed Dewji, the chairman of Tanzania giants Simba SC, has called on the team to lift their game if they are to continue their path in the CAF Champions League this season.
Wekundu Wa Msimbazi secured a place in the first round of the 2020-21 CAFCL thanks to a narrow 1-0 aggregate triumph over Nigeria’s Plateau United, winning 1-0 away from home before a goalless stalemate in the return game in Dar Es Salaam this past weekend.
Dewji, having watched the 0-0 draw against Plateau, has admitted the club’s coach Sven Vandenbroeck and the team have a lot of work ahead of them to improve to a level where they will be successful in the continental competition.
“I am thankful to God that we have penetrated into the next stage,” Dewji said as quoted by Daily News. “I am not a coach but we need to uplift our level of fighting, train hard, and innovate with new ideas.
“During our game against Plateau United, we missed many scoring chances and excelled to stamp a big possession plus having more than ten corners of which none of them necessitated us to get a goal.
“We need to realise we are in the men’s’ contest as such, we must fight and fight hard. Let me urge Simba members and fans to always come in big numbers and support their team.”
Simba’s opponents in the first round of the CAFCL will be Zimbabwe’s Platinum FC, who comfortably eliminated Mozambican side Costa do Sol.
The teams will meet in Zimbabwe for the first leg on December 22-23, with the return game in Tanzania scheduled for January 5-6.