Simba book a place in the group stage for the first time in 15 years, and are now looking for the possible chance to qualify for the last eight at the middle of last edition continental finalists Al Ahly and AS Vita.
The 19 times Tanzania champions, unveils that they are seen as underdogs in their group but it is the advantage for them as they need to play well to win their games, especially at home.
“Our opponents might see us as underdogs but that is the advantage for us. Our first target was to reach the group phase but now we need to fight and see what we can do in our group,” said Simba trainer, Patrick Aussems.
The Belgium trainer insists that the supports they have from their fans and the commitment of the players is the key to Saturday game and other group phase outings.
Ghanaian import, James Kotei said it is their advantage to start the group phase games at home, and they will fight to win Saturday fixture against JS Soura so as to get crucial three points before travelling to Kinshasa a week later to play AS Vita.
“It was a good warm up in Zanzibar. We played three competitive games in Mapinduzi Cup and I believe all the players are fit now to compete on Saturday,” he said.
“The most important thing is to win our first game. We understand that all teams in the group phase are good but we play at home. We will continue with our playing style,” said Kotei who joined Simba in 2016.
Meawhile, Simba defender, Sergie Wawa said they will take the advantage of playing at home to get starting three points on Saturday.
“It is the advantage that we play our first group phase game at home, and with the big support of our fans we will work much harder to get three points,” he said.