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‘Simba Would’ve Been Stronger Than Weak Chiefs’

Tanzanian giants Simba SC would’ve been a tougher CAF Champions League final opponent than Kaizer Chiefs, who were “weak in all departments”, claims Gor Mahia coach Sammy Omollo.

Amakhosi lost Saturday’s final 3-0 after Al Ahly scored second-half goals, with Happy Mashiane received his marching orders for a bad tackle just before half-time.

The Glamour Boys eliminated Simba on their way to the final, beating them 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final but Gor Mahia’s Omollo insisted the Tanzanian champions would’ve given Al Ahly more competition in the final.

“You cannot go into the final with a weak defence and an inconsistent one for that matter and expect to win,” Omollo told Goal.

“They conceded in all their away matches except the semi-finals and their forward line was also inconsistent. Yes, some have argued that the red card contributed to the loss, but to be honest, even if they would have played 11 against 11, they stood no chance.

“Looking at Simba, their quality is a notch higher than Kaizer Chiefs and you could clearly tell that from the way they were playing.

“Chiefs were really lucky to make it to the final but, to be honest, I did not expect them to win. Getting it against a quality team like Al Ahly was not going to be easy. They were generally weak in all departments but Simba would have given (Al Ahly) a run for their money.

“Not that Simba would have won the final, I doubt, but we would have seen an interesting game than Saturday which was a one-sided affair.”

Simba were the only team to defeat Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League this season, beating them 1-0 at home during the group stages, while losing the return fixture 1-0 in Cairo.