By Baron Kironde
Ugandan midfielder, Taddeo Lwanga has declared war against South African opponents after Tanzania giants Simba SC have been drawn against Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.
CAF conducted the draws in Cairo on Wednesday as Wekindu wa Msimbazi were paired against the Premier Soccer League giants.
Lwanga believes the Tanzanian champions will emerge victorious over both legs with the first leg expected to be played between May 14 and 15 before the second leg encounter in South Africa between May 21 and 22.
“All the teams at this stage are very strong. You cannot undermine any team. And the draw is tough of course,” Lwanga told Football256, before adding that his team is ready and well prepared to face the challenge.
“We will do everything to qualify to the semi-finals. I know it’s not easy, except only with hard work and determination,” Lwanga added.
Concurring with his midfielder, Simba coach Da Rosa said: “We want to go far in this competition. We respect Kaizer Chiefs, but we’re also very ready to knock them out of the competition. It won’t be easy but we are very ambitious about our goal.”
Lwanga is expected to be instrumental in Simba’s midfield against Kaizer Chiefs as he helped the team to an impressive run in the group stages as they topped a tough pool that included champions Al Ahly, AS Vita of DR Congo, and El Merriekh of Sudan.
They finished the group engagements with four wins, one defeat, and a draw – topping the table with 13 points; two more than second placed Ahly.
On the other hand, Amakhosi made it through to the knockout stage after finishing second in Group C where they faced Wydad Casablanca, AS Horoya , and Petro de Atletico.
Gavin Hunt’s team collected nine points after picking two wins, three draws, and a loss.
In the other fixtures, Al Ahly face Mamelodi Sundowns, MC Alger will meet Wydad Casablanca, and CR Belouizdad of Algeria will square off with Tunisian giants Esperance.