Amakhosi aim for more history by reaching Champions League semis

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Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic will hope to have another good day in office against the Simba SC of Tanzania on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic will hope to have another good day in office against the Simba SC of Tanzania on Saturday.
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Kaizer Chiefs will step into the proverbial lion’s den when they meet Simba SC in a 2020/21 Caf Champions League quarter-final second-leg fixture at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Saturday at 3 pm.

The Amakhosi will take a 4-0 aggregate lead into the match in Dar es Salaam following a commanding display at FNB Stadium last weekend.

Goals from Erick Mathoho, Samir Nurkovic (two) and Leonardo Castro have given Chiefs a huge lead, but Simba won’t throw in the towel and will take confidence from their rich history of comebacks.

The Reds of Msimbazi boast the biggest comeback victory in the competition’s history.

“I think we’re going to try, if we can score one there then it’s really [one foot in the semi-finals], but I mean that’s going to be easier said than done.”
Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt

In 1979, the Tanzanian giants beat Zambia’s Mufulira Wanderers 5-0 away after losing 4-0 in the first-leg and will need a similar result to keep their hopes of a first Champions League crown alive.

Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt is mindful of the fact that Simba will be a different team on home soil and has revealed what the South African side can expect, despite his team carrying a sizeable advantage into the second-leg. “I think we’re going to try, if we can score one there then it’s really [one foot in the semi-finals], but I mean that’s going to be easier said than done,” Hunt said.

Meanwhile, history is on defending champions Al Ahly’s side heading into their Champions League second-leg quarter-final showdown against Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, also at 3 pm.

Al Ahly will take a 2-0 aggregate lead into the match.

Nevertheless, Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi is confident that the champions can make history in Atteridgeville. No SA club has managed to overturn a loss when trailing by two goals from the first-leg in the 28-year history of the country’s participation in Africa’s premier club competition. — SuperSport.

FIXTURES

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Tomorrow

Sundowns v Al Ahly — 3 pm

Simba SC v Chiefs — 3 pm

Esperance v CR Belouizdad — 6 pm

Wydad Athl. v MC Alger — 6 pm.

CONFED CUP

Sunday

Raja Casablanca v Pirates — 6 pm.

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