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The victory of the East Africans places them at the top of their group with the most points from the two games they have played.
Simba SC coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa believes his charges deserved a win against Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Tuesday.
Luis Miquissone’s cry in the first half sealed the maximum points for the hosts in Dar es Salaam. The Mozambican let loose in the 18-yard box in the 31st minute and unleashed an unstoppable rocket that hit the crossbar before bouncing off the net.
It turned out to be the only goal of the match, and ensured that Wekundu wa Msimbazi recorded their second win in as many matches in Group A. The Frenchman believes his charges deserved the victory.
“From the way we played, we deserved a win,” Da Rosa said after the match.
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The victory led the Tanzanians to the top of their group with maximum points after an opening win against AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chris Mugalu scored the goal that gave them victory.
The 21-time league champions are the only team with a 100% win record and are at six points as a result.
AS Vita bounced back from their loss to Simba by defeating Al Merrikh 4-1 at Al-Hilal Stadium, Omdurman.
It was the hosts who scored first courtesy of Elsamani Saadeldin in the eighth minute. Obed Mukokiani responded 20 minutes later before Djuma Shabani made it 2-1 in the 37th minute from the penalty spot.
The third goal was scored by Amede Masasi in the 68th minute before Mukokiani completed his double with seven minutes to go.
Meanwhile, Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has questioned the decision for fans to attend the match. Caf allowed 30,000 fans to attend the match and by Tuesday morning 30,000 tickets had already been sold out.
Speaking after the game, Mosimane has explained his dissatisfaction with the decision to allow fans to attend the Group A match by saying that what happened in the game never happened anywhere in the world.
“We have to be professionals after any defeat, but the match could be played under better circumstances,” Mosimane told the club. official website. “I am a professional coach and I have no comment on the attendance of the fans since it was Caf’s decision, but what happened today [Tuesday] it didn’t happen anywhere in the world. “
The South African strategist, however, has remained confident that he will still qualify from the group despite losing in Tanzania insisting they still have four games to play.
“We still have four games left in the group stage and we will fight to get to the next round,” continued Mosimane.
“Our goal was to dominate possession in today’s game, but we lost several opportunities in the first half, and in these games, we have to take all our opportunities.”