Simba's Benchikha vows to fight for Champions League spot against Ahly

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Apr 2024

Simba SC coach Abdelhak Benchikha issued a defiant message ahead of their second-leg African Champions League quarter-final clash against Ahly, vowing to fight for a positive result in Cairo on Friday.

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The Tanzanian side heads into the away fixture trailing 1-0 on aggregate after a home defeat on Friday.

"We'll enter the second leg with the sole aim of getting a positive result and qualifying for the semi-finals," Benchikha said in a press conference.

Acknowledging Ahly's pedigree in the competition, Benchikha underlined Simba's determination: "Despite Ahly's quality and history, we have no fear. We'll play our usual way."

"We didn't come to Egypt to defend, We travelled here to compete for a place in the semis. We know it'll be a difficult match, but we're ready to face Ahly." the Algerian coach continued.

"I've urged the players to capitalize on every opportunity that arises to score goals," he concluded.

Abdelhak Benchikha has fond memories of facing Ahly, having led USM Algiers to the Super Cup title in September 2023 with a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils. He subsequently took on Simba on 2 December, aiming for another significant achievement with them in the African Champions League.

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