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Kaizer Chiefs hammer Simba to put one foot in CL semis, Belouizdad defeat Esperance

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 May 2021
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Kaizer Chiefs players celebrate after defeating Simba 4-0 on Saturday (Photo: Kaizer Chiefs official twitter account)

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs hammered Tanzanian champions Simba FC 4-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the African Champions League quarter finals to move within touching distance of a first ever semi-final appearance. 

It took them only six minutes to break the deadlock as Eric Mathoho headed home from a corner before Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic doubled the lead in the 34th minute with a powerful header.

Nurkovic completed his double with a powerful long-range shot in the 57th minute and Leandro Castro completed the rout with another header from a pinpoint cross from Manyama seven minutes later. 

Next week's return leg should be a walk in the park for Kaizer Chiefs, whose best continental achievement was a Cup winners' Cup triumph in 2001.

The South African league record winners – now a fading power after giving way to heavyweights Sundowns – are making their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League. 

Simba emerged as this season's surprise package after topping Group A ahead of defending champions and record nine-time winners Ahly, who will face Sundowns later on Saturday.

In the other game of this afternoon, Algerian side CR Belouizdad defeated Tunisian giants Esperance 2-0 at home. Zakaria Draoui and Amir Sayoud scored on 35 and 80 minutes to grab a comfortable lead ahead of the return leg in Rades.

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