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Aussems hoping for a 'clinical' Simba display in Lubumbashi

14:06 GMT+3 12/04/2019
Patrick Aussems and John Bocco of Simba Mach 2019 Tanzania Premier League
The Belgian mentor believes his side can upset TP Mazembe when the two sides lock horns in a Caf Champions League clash in Lubumbashi on Saturday

Patrick Aussems insists his Simba Sports Club side believe they can upset Tout Puissant Mazembe on Saturday in the Caf Champions League quarter-final return leg, saying that both teams have a chance of advancing.

Aussems has chosen to look beyond his side's wretched away record - they lost four out of five matches on the road and conceded five goals twice - and remained optimistic that his charges will duplicate their last weekend's performance in Dar es Salaam, the only exception being for them to be more efficient in front of goal. 

"As you saw, we missed a couple of scoring chances in both halves of the game hitting the post and missing the penalty," said Aussems.

"We gave them trouble and by doing that, we have shown that we can compete with any team in Africa bearing in mind that TP Mazembe is one of the biggest club's in the continent.

"We had a high profile encounter probably the best CAF CL match we have had so far in the campaign and this is very promising.

"Both of us have chances ahead of the reverse clash."

The Belgian tactician and star striker John Bocco go into the clash high in confidence after receiving morale-boosting accolades as Tanzania Premier League's player and coach of the month for the month of March earlier this week.

A scoring draw will be enough to see Wekundu wa Msimbazi through by virtue of the away goal rule.