CAF Champions League: Tanzania’s Simba shocks Al Ahly to top Group A

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TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanzanian giants Simba S.C. registered a stunning result defeating defending champions Al Ahly in their CAF Champions League Group A match at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Simba won 1-0 with the only goal of the match scored by Mozambican midfielder Luis Miquissone shortly after the half hour mark.

FILE PHOTO: A picture of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions League trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the best efforts by the Egyptians, the hosts held firm to record a second successive victory at home against the record nine-time champions in Africa’s top-tier club competition.

In February 2019, Meddie Kagere was on target in a similar result as the Tanzanians went on to finish second in the Group D behind Al Ahly and qualify for the quarterfinals.

The other match in the group saw Congolese side AS Vita Club come from a goal down to defeat Sudan’s Al Merreikh 4-1 in Omdurman.

Elsamani Saadeldin gave the hosts an eighth minute lead but the visitors hit back through Obed Mukokiani, who scored twice, Djuma Shabani and Amede Masasi.

Simba leads the way in Group A with six points from two games followed by AS Vita Club and Al Ahly on three points while Al-Merreikh is last with zero points.

Five-time winners TP Mazembe failed to make the most of Mamelodi Sundowns postponed game to go top of Group B as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan. Mazembe finished the game with 10 men after Martial Zemba Ikoung was sent off for two bookable offences late in the match.

Sundowns still leads the group with three points followed by TP Mazembe (two), CR Belouizdad (one) and Al-Hilal Omdurman (one), respectively. Sundowns are due to play Belouizdad on February 28 in Tanzania.

In Group C, Ayoub El Kaabi missed a penalty and scored once as Wydad Athletic Club opened their campaign with a 1-0 win away to Angola’s Petro Atletico, who also missed a penalty of their own, shortly after the Moroccans scored.

Guinea’s AC Horoya and Kaizer Chiefs played out a goalless draw in the other group game.

Horoya tops the group with four points from two games followed by Wydad with three and Kaizer Chiefs with one point and Petro Atletico has yet to register a point. Wydad and Chiefs, however, both have a game in hand after their opening match was pushed forward due to COVID-19-related complications.

Chiefs are scheduled to play Wydad in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on February 28.

In Group D, Abdelraouf Benguit cancelled out Billel Bensaha’s opener as Esperance Tunis drew 1-1 with MC Alger. Last season’s finalists Zamalek also played out a barren draw against Teungueth of Senegal.

Esperance is top with four points followed by MC Alger and Zamalek both on two points and Teungueth have one point.

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