Tanzania champions Simba SC will take on FC Platinum in the next round of the Caf Champions League.
The Wekundu wa Msimbazi qualified for the next phase of the competition after securing a 1-0 aggregate win against Nigerian outfit Plateau United.
Simba won the first leg played in Abuja 1-0 courtesy of a Clatous Chama goal and claimed a 0-0 draw in the return leg played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
On the other hand, Platinum made it to the next round on a 4-1 aggregate win after eliminating Costa De Sol of Mozambique. The Zimbabwean champions won the first leg played in Maputo 2-1 before claiming a 2-0 win in the return leg played in Harare on Saturday.
Against Plateau United on Saturday, Simba coach Sven Vandenbroeck deployed a rather defensive line-up against the Peace Boys as John Bocco, Chama, and Luis Miquissone were the only outright attacking players.
With Joash Onyango unavailable, Erasto Nyoni was recalled into the starting XI as he has been missing in the league matches, with the Kenyan international being the preferred choice since his arrival.
Nyoni was lucky to keep the Nigerian outfit at bay alongside Serge Wawa, who he had established an imperious partnership at the back before the arrival of Onyango.
With Gerson Fraga out with a long-term injury, Muzamiru Yassin was preferred to Said Ndemla in midfield which also boasted of an ever-present Jonas Mkude as well as Hassan Dilunga.
Meddie Kagere, who is in a race of getting back to full fitness, started on the bench alongside the attacking duo of Francis Kahata and Bernard Morrison.
Gor Mahia were the first East African side to progress from the preliminary round to the first round after seeing off APR of Rwanda. A 3-1 win over the Rwandan army side ensured K’Ogalo booked a place in the second round by overturning a 2-1 setback suffered in the first match.
After Simba and Gor Mahia played their parts, eyes now will turn to Uganda’s Vipers SC who will face Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan on Sunday. The Venoms face a huge task of overturning a 1-0 scoreline that was registered at St Mary’s Kitende in the initial match.
The first leg of the Simba vs Platinum will be played on December 22 or 23 in Zimbabwe with the return leg planned for Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 5 or 6, 2021.