Caf Champions League: Simba SC should attain first place in Group A – Kagere
The Rwandan striker explains why he believes they need to lead Group A before they clash with the Red Devils
Simba SC striker Meddie Kagere has urged the team to make sure they reach the top of Group A in their Caf Champions League group stage.
The Msimbazi giants are currently at the top of the group on seven points, having won their first two games 1-0 against AS Vita Club of the DRC and Al Ahly of Egypt before taking on Al Merrikh in Sudan Scored 0-0 draws.
Ahead of their rematch against the Sudanese side at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Tuesday, Kagere has told his teammates to make sure they get the top spot as it has several advantages.
"Our thirst is to make sure we end up at the top of the group. This will definitely give us a challenge against a not-as-tough team in the quarter-finals, which we will play after the group stage games," said Kagere wie quoted by Sokalabongo.
“If we get to the top in the first round, another advantage is that we play the first game of the quarter-finals away and then finish our second game at home.
“Basically, we have to get to the quarter-finals first and then we will look at other goals after we have something in hand.
"Incidentally, I see our team this season, despite the difficulties in various areas, we ask fans and all Tanzanians to pray for us so that we can qualify for the next stage."
Kagere, who signed Kenya's Gor Mahia for Simba in the 2018 season, has also emphasized the importance of winning all of the home games of the season.
"If you look at the situation in our group you can tell that we have already qualified for the quarter-finals but we still have a lot to do," Kagere continued.
“In the minds of many football fans in the country, they believe that we have already qualified [because we have already qualified] because we have two home games and the results we achieved at home give them hope that we can play our games will win.
“So we need to realize that if we are able to win our home games and move away, then we have a chance to make progress. That gives us hope of winning our games and that is our goal.
“We have to play with great care in these two games, but make adequate preparations as a team and as individuals so that anyone who gets the chance to play can serve the team with commitment.
"But we have to protect the record that we do well in home games by not only talking, but also working on the field and winning the games."
After the game against Al Merrikh, Simba has two more games to go – against AS Vita at home and Al Ahly away.