Chiefs Lose By 3 But Into CAFCL Semi-Finals!
Despite losing 3-0 to Simba SC at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs are through to the CAF Champions League semi-finals after a 4-3 aggregate win.
Simba SC 3-0 Kaizer Chiefs
As expected, trailing 4-0, it was the home team who tried to take the early initiative, Mzamiru Yasin Said trying a long range effort in the fourth minute, which flew over Bruce Bvuma’s goal.
Playing in front of a partisan crowd, the first spectators Chiefs have played in front of since March 2020, the Amakhosi side looked content to hit Simba on the counter. Kope Mugalu got a chance for Simba in the seventh minute, but his attempt from the left of goal went over the nets. A minute later Lebogang Manyama had Chiefs’ first chance, but it was off target.
Leonardo Castro was off target in the 13th minute, as he got a chance with his head, but couldn’t get good contact onto the ball, while two minutes later Bvuma made a comfortable save to deny Shomari Kapombe.
Simba got on the score sheet in the 24th minute, through a swift counter attack, captain John Bocco doing enough to get the ball past Bvuma and give the home team the lead.
It was almost two in the 26th minute, but Bvuma made an excellent save to deny Bocco in a one-on-one situation, and they went close again when Mugalu’s header just went over the goal, as the home team desperately looked for the goals to get them back into the tie. Moments later Bvuma made another excellent save.
Siyabonga Ngezana’s effort in the 36th minute was on target, but never troubled Aishi Manula in the Simba goal, who made a comfortable save.
Simba had a call for a penalty two minutes later, as a cross struck Erick Mathoho on the arm, but the referee waved play on.
The home team kept the pressure up, with substitute Bernard Morrison forcing another save from Bvuma in the 43rd minute. It was an extended half, with six extra minutes, that is after injuries to Simba saw the home team make three substitutes in the first half. Morrison tried to get a penalty in stoppage time, but the former Orlando Pirates player was booked for diving.
The second half started in a similar manner, and Simba made it two nil in the 56th minute as Bocco got his second, taking advantage of some disappointing defending by Chiefs, to tap in at the far post.
Njabulo Blom had a rare chance for Chiefs in the 67th minute, but his attempted lob went over he goal.
Bvuma made another save in the 73rd minute, as he got down to stop Mugalu’s attempt from close range, and five minutes later he was there again to stop an attempt.
In the 81st minute, Bvuma got a hand on an excellent goal bound shot that he was able to deflect onto the crossbar. A minute later it was pinball in the box as the Chiefs defenders blocked a consecutive attempts at the goal.
With five minutes to go, Simba got their third, as Clatous Chama glided into the box and shot past Bvuma.
Simba threw everything at Chiefs for the last few minutes, including five minutes of stoppage time, but in the end overturning four goals was always going to be a mammoth task for the Tanzanians to overturn, and while they put in a valiant effort, it was Chiefs who progressed.