Simba Sports Club, a Tanzanian professional football club ranks 13th in the continent according to the CAF five year ranking system.
Updated: Simba SC is ranked 13th on the African continent following remarkable achievement in group stages of the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League.
Simba Sports Club has witnessed a remarkable rise in performance over the past few years when it comes to African football competitions be it the CAF Champions League or the CAF Confederations Cup.
This season, the club made a historic achievement in it’s history as a Tanzanian football club on the continent, finishing top of Group A in the CAF Champions League.
A group which was termed as a group of death. The East Africans surprised many by finishing top of the group having Al Ahly Egypt which is the most successful football club in African football.
Highlighting Simba Sports Club ranking in Africa and how 2021 has contributed towards the club’s overall growth
After clinching the Tanzanian league title back in 2020, the stage was set once again for the tough challenges ahead.
The Tanzanian league only had a single representation in CAF Club competitions, meaning the league title holders of the previous season will represent the country in the Champions League.
For the Dar es Salaam based club, it was yet again another moment to show how lucrative the domestic would be if external attention is given to it.
The club pedigree in the Champions League was more than enough to receive an improved seeding for the first qualifiers.
CAF Champions League
Starting with an all-important tie against Nigeria Professional Football League representatives, Simba SC were brave enough to beat Plateau United in a way, before finishing the job at home.
Advancing to the next round, Simba dislodged FC Platinum of Zimbabwe before finishing the job in a fourth night in Tanzania, winning 4-1 on aggregate score.
With this win, the group stages were set once again, a stage where they also advanced to the quarter-finals in 2018–19 before they were eliminated by another African giant TP Mazembe.
Group stage review
Final Standings group A
Simba SC 13
Al Ahly 11
AS Vita Club 7
Al Merrikh 2
Simba began the group stage cruise with a shock win on the road against DR Congo top side AS Vita Club. A lone goal came courtesy of Mugalu’s 61st-minute penalty kick.
Coach of the side Gomes Da Rosa was particularly afraid of the treats Jean-Florent Ibengé Vita Club had on the pitch.
The second group stage fixture against Al Ahly Egypt was also a shock win.
This time, Luis Miquissone 31st minute goal was the decider and to preserve the lead, Gomes Da Rosa did not sit back, his team was also launching attacks.
The third fixture on the road against Sundanese Al-Merrikh ended in a stalemate since the two sides could not break each other defensive half.
The fourth game of the group and Al-Merrikh’s return leg clash was a joy to behold for Simba Sports Club at the 60000 Capacity Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam.
— Simba SC Tanzania English (@SimbaSC_EN) April 24, 2021
Luis Miquissone and Mugalu bagged their second goals of the competition while Husseini registered his first.
To further confirm the club’s position in the quarter-finals, a five-star performance at home to visiting AS Vita Club saw the Tanzanian giants reach the next round.
Four goals scored Luis Miquissone recorded his third goal even as Chama’s brace with Bwalya goal threw the home into jubilations.
In a bid to finish unbeaten in the group stages of the CAF Champions League, Simba SC was eventually stopped by a brilliant Al Ahly side, who could only manage to score a lone goal, grabbing the second spot.
Improvements and a new milestone
The team’s overall confidence is high after an impressive run.
Also, the French had been able to work on the team’s defence which saw just two goals.
The milestone, qualifying ahead of Al Ahly Egypt, who has some of the biggest footballers on the African continental Coached by South African manager Pitso Mosimane.
What next for Simba SC in 2021?
Simba SC is expected to begin the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League after the draws have been made.
When will the draws for the CAF Champions League 2020/2021 be made? The draw will be held on 30 April 2021.
In the Tanzanian Ligi Kuu Bara, the club could once lift the trophy back to back already sitting top of the 18-man league table.
After 25 games, the club sits at the top with 61 points, followed closely by second-placed Young Africans who has been ranked as the fifth-best football club in East Africa in 2021.
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