Simba boss cites advantage over Chiefs

CAF Champions League

Simba Sports Club head coach Didier Gomes feels they have an advantage over Kaizer Chiefs heading into their CAF Champions League quarter-final clash.

Simba were drawn with Amakhosi in the last-eight of the Champions League after beating Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly side to win Group A in emphatic fashion.

Their enterprising performances this season has been one of the real highlights of this season's competition and with their domestic form equally as impressive - they will arrive in South Africa full of confidence.

Mnyama are currently four points ahead of fierce rivals Yanga at the summit of the Tanzania top-flight with two games in hand and have only lost one game in their last 18 across all competitions - which was away to Ahly last month.

"We are very excited, I think it's a good draw, it will be a very good match against Kaizer Chiefs because they are good and Simba is very good this season," Gomes said.

"So we're very excited and for sure we'll play the first match in South Africa so we have to be ready, it's an advantage for us - so we'll see."

While Chiefs are suffering from inconsistency in the DStv Premiership this season, Gomes remains wary that it means nothing as all the quarter-finalists have qualified on merit which is testament to the quality of the respective teams.

"For sure it will be a very tough match at this level of the competition, all the teams are strong and we respect Kaizer Chiefs," the Frenchman explained.

"We're very ambitious, we want to go far in this competition like I said, we are ready to play Chiefs twice and after that we are qualified for the semi-final, we will play against the winner of Wydad Casablanca and Mouloudia Club d'Alger.

"It could also be a very tough match, but we [don't] have the time to think about this semi-final, firstly we have to focus on the quarters because it will not be easy. In this competition, I'm completely convinced that Simba this season can go very far."

The Vodacom Premier League champions face Amakhosi for the first-leg tie at FNB Stadium on Friday 14 May.

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