Simba SC Communications Manager Ahmed Ally believes qualification to the CAF Champions League group stage is the club’s birth right at this point.
The Tanzanian giants will square off with Zambian Champions, Power Dynamos in the second preliminary round for a place in the group stage.
In an interview with Sports.Tmchezo Ally suggested that Abayellow envy the success that Simba have had on the continental scene.
“Whether it is good or bad, we played with Power Dynamos just the other day during the Simba Day festival. We beat them 2-0 but we must be honest and not expect the Power Dynamos we saw on that day to be the same at their Levy Mwanawasa home. Let’s not expect the Power Dynamos who played in a relaxed way at the Simba Day festival to play the same way in a crucial match to qualify for the Group Stage of the Champions League in Africa,” he said.
“First of all, they don’t have a good history in the group stage. They want to write their history, they want to make an entrance on the international stage. They envy the success we have enjoyed in the international scene.”
“So they will come to fight in all ways to make sure they do well to rewrite their history in the CAF Champions League. However they must remember that we are Simba Sports Club, CAF Champions League Group stage is our playground. We are at a level where even if we sleep we wake up into the group stage. It will be a great humiliation for Simba to fail to qualify for the Champions League Group Stage,” he added.
Ally revealed that the group stage was just a pathway for Simba SC to get to their real targets.
“We must go into this game knowing that we have a huge responsibility to qualify for the Group stage. It is not that our aim is to qualify for the Group Stage. Group Stage is just a pathway to our targets. We are not like other teams who are eighty plus years old but their main target is to qualify for the CAF Champions League Group Stage.”
Power Dynamos edged African Stars of Namibia on away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate to set up a meeting with Simba.
The Zambian Champions are returning to the continental stage after an absence of over a decade.
Simba on the other hand have made it to the Group stage of either the CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup four times in the last five years.
Last season, the Tanzanian representative lost 4-3 on post-match penalties to defending champions Wydad Athletic Club to bow out of the CAF Champions League at the quarter finals stage for the third consecutive campaign..