Vodacom Tanzania Premier League giants Simba Sports Club have qualified for the quarter final stage of the CAF Champions League.
Simba SC sealed their place after a 4-1 victory against DR Congo’s Vita Club in a Group A match played at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Saturday.
The home side started the game with a high tempo before in-form Luis Miquissone made it 1-0 after 30 minutes to give the 10,000 fans in the Stadium joy.
But Vita Club fought back strongly to level matters after 32 minutes with a Zemanga Soze strike. But Simba SC made sure they went into the break ahead as Zambian international Clatous Chama netted at the stroke of half time.
In the second half Vita Club tried to fight back to get more goals, but failed to penetrate the Simba SC defending line. Larry Bwalya and Chama added two more goals for Simba SC to make sure the Tanzanian side maintained their lead in the Group with 13 points.
"We are very happy not only because we have qualified but also because we have played a very good match. We could have scored more because we dominated the game but we are very satisfied with qualifying for the quarter-finals and finishing in first place," said Simba SC’s head coach Didier Gomes.
Simba SC will travel to Cairo to face reigning champions Al Ahly in the last Group which will have no bearing as the two teams are through to the quarters.
Al Ahly on Saturday battled from two goals down to hold hosts Al Merreikh to a 2-2 draw in Khartoum. Ramadan Agab and Saifeldin Malik Bakhit Maki netted for El Merreikh in the first.
Badr Benoun scored from the spot for Al Ahly after 81 minutes before Yasser Ibrahim scored the equalizer to save the Egyptian giants from suffering a second defeat to a team from the Council of East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) region. Simba SC also beat Al Ahly 1-0 in a game played in Dar es Salaam in February.