Caf Champions League Preview: Simba set for Mazembe showdown
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Tanzania's Simba and Congolese giants TP Mazembe will meet for the first time in the competition since 2011 on Saturday

Simba Sports Club will look to continue with their dream run in the Caf Champions League when they lock horns with Tout Puissant Mazembe in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie on Saturday,  April 6.

The two sides will clash at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam with kick-off at 15:00 local time.

The Tanzanian side secured qualification for the knockout stage of the competition by overcoming DR Congo side Association Sportive Vita 2-1 in their penultimate Group D encounter last month. 

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Five-time African champions Mazembe, who finished on top Group C with relative ease, have only tasted defeat twice in their last 18 matches in the continental spectacle and ppresents a mammoth task for Wekundu wa Msimbazi

The Ravens wrapped up their pool phase by defeating Algeria’s Club Sportif Constantine 2-0 in Lubumbashi on the final matchday of the group stages.

Although Mazembe coach David Mwakasu knows they are favourites heading to the contest, he has urged his men not to underestimate the Tanzanians.

“According to the experience that I have, Simba SC, like the other sub-Saharan teams, often pose a lot of problems,” Mwakasu told the press. 

“For them, when they play TPM, it's a Club World Cup final... Simba SC deserves respect, I bet we must expect two very high-profile games.

“These Tanzanians are very strong at home and score a lot of goals now. We are warned, we must make every effort not to fall into the trap [of underestimating Simba] because this year the goal is to go to the final.”

The Congolese side trained at the National Stadium on Thursday and will not get a chance to refine their strategy on the turf again, as the Tanzania Women's National Team side have a 2020 Olympic qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the same venue on Friday afternoon. 

Patrick Aussems' men will pin their hopes for goals on Rwandan forward Meddie Kagere, who has registered three goals in the competition so far, while Mazembe are spoilt for choice with Jackson Muleka, Kevin Mondeko and Tresor Mputu all on three strikes too. 

Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal will be in charge of the proceedings.

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