'Simba's ambition is unstoppable'

CAF Champions League

Simba coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa has claimed that his side's ambition is "unstoppable" ahead of tonight's CAF Champions League clash against Al Ahly.

Simba have already secured top spot in Group A ahead of the reigning African champions but Friday's clash will be far from a dead-rubber for club coach Da Rosa, who is looking to progress to the knockout stages with his side's unbeaten run intact. 

"We have a very tough match to play," the Frenchman said ahead of the match, per Simba's official media channels. "It is very important for us to show everyone that we are progressing.

"For sure, we will finish in the first position in the group but we want to deliver a good performance and we are very motivated to stay unbeaten in this group. So, we come here with humility, but also with determination and ambition.

"We have a very good team, with very strong players 20 players in different national teams and for sure, we have played very well in the group with one win away, one draw away, we are unbeaten, and we want to continue.

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Simba recorded a 1-0 win over Ahly in the home clash earlier in the season, courtesy of a solitary goal from Luís Miquissone, and Da Rosa believes that it is important to show up for the big games in order to win the prestigious tournament.

"If you want to go far in this competition, it is important to prove against a big team like Ah Ahly that we are able to get a good result," he added.

"We played well against Al Ahly in the first match. We deserved the win because we showed a very strong defensive discipline, and against Al Ahly you have to be very disciplined defensively, but also we have shown very good ability when we have the ball, with good ball retention. 

"With these two processes, we are in the first position in the group, and as I said before, Simba deserves to be in the first position."

While Pitso Mosimane's charges are currently Africa's leading outfit, Da Rosa believes that his side can go on to become the continent's dominant force in the years to come, perhaps even starting this season.

"It is very important to play against these kinds of teams," the former Ismaily coach said. "Al Ahly is the No.1 in Africa, but before we played an international tournament with TP Mazembe and Al Hilal. We won this tournament so it was a good experiment for us.

"Our ambition, and it is why I contracted with Simba, is that I am completely sure that Simba will become one of the top clubs in Africa in the coming years. 

"There is a lot of ambition in the board, around the club, with our president, with our CEO and this very important to show that we are able to go far and to grow. Our ambition is unstoppable. I don't know for this year, but we have all the capacity to go far..."

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