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The Belgian explains why he feels that their advantage is not yet sufficient to help them progress in the competition
Simba SC coach Sven Vandenbroeck has admitted he faces a dangerous second leg against Plateau United in the Caf Champions League on Saturday.
the Wekundu wa Msimbazi They will host the Nigerian side at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, who are looking to defend the 1-0 lead gained in the first leg when they scored through Clatous Chama to lead the day in Abuja.
And despite leading 1-0, the Belgian tactician has still insisted that they are not yet comfortable and must use all the energy they have to ensure they qualify for the next round of the competition.
“I think Saturday’s game is still dangerous, there is only one goal difference, so we have to focus, be vigilant and hope that the fans will come on stage in large numbers to support us,” Vandenbroeck told reporters on Friday.
“I say all this because the Nigerian team [we faced in the first leg] It was a very good team and therefore we still need all the energy we have and all the support from outside to qualify for the next round.
On their style of play, Vandenbroeck insisted that they will not open the game saying that it will be the only way to deny Plateau United the opportunity to hit them on counterattacks.
“We have the advantage that we scored in Nigeria, so we don’t have to start the game, it won’t be so defensive but even with some ideas we are leading 1-0 and it’s enough to qualify,” Vandenbroeck. continued.
With the away goal, Simba will also have another added advantage as the African Football Confederation (Caf) allowed their fans to attend the match after the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) requested it.
Last season, Simba failed to make it past the preliminary stage after losing in the away goals rule to UD Songo of Mozambique. The two teams had fought to a 0-0 draw in Mozambique and in the second leg in Dar es Salaam, they finished 1-1, which means that Songo advanced on the away goals rule.
While in the 2018/19 season they managed to reach the quarterfinals, and it was in 1974 that Simba managed to get into the semifinals but was eliminated by the Egyptian team Ghazl El Mahalla.