Simba, Yanga learn CAF Champions League quarter-final opponents

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FOOTBALL Simba, Yanga learn CAF Champions League quarter-final opponents

Festus Chuma 18:20 - 12.03.2024

Tanzania's Yanga and Simba SC will face formidable challenges in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals carrying East Africa's hopes on the continental stage.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has set the stage for an enthralling quarterfinals showdown in the 2023/24 CAF Champions League, unveiling matchups that pit Tanzania’s finest against some of the continent's footballing powerhouses.

Young Africans (Yanga) and Simba SC, Tanzania's representatives, are braced for formidable challenges as they square off against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and record champions, Al Ahly of Egypt, respectively.

Yanga's quest for glory sees them hosting Mamelodi Sundowns at the iconic Benjamin Mkapa Stadium for the first leg of their quarterfinal tie on March 29.

The encounter marks the second meeting between the two sides in the competition's history, reigniting a rivalry that dates back to 2001.

During their previous clash, Mamelodi Sundowns edged out Yanga on a 6-5 aggregate score, a memory that Yanga will be eager to overturn as they look to script a new chapter in their continental campaign.

On the other hand, Simba SC is set to welcome Al Ahly to their fortress on March 30, in a match that promises to be a spectacle of footballing excellence.

The two clubs have established a riveting narrative through their recent encounters in both the CAF Champions League and the African Football League (AFL), with their battles characterized by closely contested draws and wins evenly distributed between the teams.

Yanga, in particular, faces a daunting task against a Mamelodi Sundowns side that has been in formidable form, securing the inaugural African Football League (AFL) title and dominating the South African Premier League with an unprecedented streak of successes.

Mamelodi Sundowns' impressive record, including a CAF Champions League title in 2016 and a gold medal in the CAF Super Cup the following year, underscores the monumental challenge awaiting Yanga.

Simba's engagement with Al Ahly, a club with a storied legacy in African football, including 11 CAF Champions League titles and the top spot in the CAF Club rankings, further illustrates the high stakes of these quarterfinal matchups.

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