Everything you need to know before the quarter-final match between Amakhosi and Wekundu wa Msimbazi from Tanzania
The Kaizer Chiefs will host Simba SC in the first leg of their Caf Champions League quarter-final on Saturday, May 15.
This will be the very first meeting between the two giants of South Africa and Tanzania. The two teams will be keen to secure a convincing victory that will be enough to make things easier when they face each other again in the second leg scheduled for Dar Salaam on 22 May.
Simba had an impressive run in the group stage and dominated a tough group that included African champions Al Ahly, AS Vita Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Al Merrikh from Sudan.
They ended the group engagements with four wins, one loss and one draw and topped the group with 13 points, two more than defending champions the Red Devils.
Simba will be hoping to maintain the strength they showed in the group stage, where they conceded just two goals and kept four clean sheets as goalkeepers Aishi Manula and Beno Kakolanya were used between the sticks.
Mozambican winger Luis Miquissone – who scored a clinical goal against Al Ahly on Matchday 3 to give Simba a surprise 1-0 victory – is expected to be the club’s creative brains during the knockout stage.
Meanwhile, Amakhosi reached the knockout stage after finishing second in Group C where they faced Wydad AC, Horoya AC, Petro Atletico and scored nine points after recording two wins, three draws and one loss.
Simba’s coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa said after the draw was published that their goal of reaching the semi-finals of the competition would see them face the Chiefs in the quarter-finals.
“All the teams in the competition are strong and we have a lot of respect for the Kaizer Chiefs but because we are very ambitious and we also want to go far in this competition, we are ready to play very well against [Chiefs] and achieve our goal, ”said Da Rosa Simba Online TV.
“It will be a very difficult game but we have time to prepare well because our goal is to go as far as possible, but first we have to focus on the shock of the quarter-finals and we know that is not will not be easy. , but with our plans, our mission and our goals that we set for ourselves earlier, we are ready to go far in this competition.
The Chiefs have had a turbulent time in the Premier Soccer League as they have been winless since they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 and coach Gavin Hunt is under pressure to win the Champions League.
In the last three matches, they lost 1-0 to Chippa United, drew 2-2 against Bloemfontein Celtic, and then suffered a shock loss to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandela of Dylan Kerr.
When does the Caf Champions League match take place?
The Caf Champions League quarter-final match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
What channels can I watch the game on TV?
|May 15||7:00 p.m.|
Kaizer Chiefs vs. Simba SC
Where is the Caf Champions League game?
FNB Stadium-Soccer City (Johannesburg):
About FNB Stadium
The First National Bank Stadium or simply FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is an association football stadium located in Nasrec, on the edge of the Soweto region in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The site is managed by Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) and hosts the Kaizer Chiefs of the South African Premier Soccer League as well as key meetings of the South African national team.
It is located next to the headquarters of the South African Football Association (Safa House) where the FIFA offices and the local organizing committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were located.
Designed as the main association football stadium for the World Cup, the FNB stadium has become the largest stadium in Africa, with a capacity of 94,736 seats. However, its maximum capacity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was 84,490 due to reserved seats for the press and other VIPs.
The stadium is also known by its nickname “Calabash” due to its resemblance to the African pot or gourd.
It was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990, and served as the location for a memorial service in his honor on December 10, 2013.
It was also the site of Chris Hani’s funeral. It was the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, which was played between the Netherlands and Spain. The World Cup closing ceremony on the day of the final saw Mandela’s last public appearance.