Chiefs progress to Caf Champions League semis despite big loss against Simba

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Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal against Simba
  • Post published:May 22, 2021

Kaizer Chiefs sealed their spot in the Caf Champions League semi-finals thanks to a 4-3 aggregate victory despite a 3-0 loss to Simba SC at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys took a healthy 4-0 lead into the second-leg encounter after their comprehensive first-leg win last weekend at the FNB Stadium.

The home side looked to make a positive start by trying to test Bruce Bvuma early on, but Mzamiru Yasin Said let fly from range with his effort passing over the crossbar.

The home side then threatened on a couple of occasions through Kope Mugalu and Shomari Kapombe, sandwiched either side of a Leonardo Castro effort.

The home side eventually took the lead with 24minutes gone as they broke on the counter, with captain John Bocco rounding off the move by sneaking his shot past Bvuma.

Bocco then had a chance two minutes later to double the lead but Bvuma made a fine one-on-one save.

Simba then tried desperately to double their lead before the break but Chiefs managed to hold them at bay despite some desperate attempts to win a penalty by the home side.

Simba, however, managed to bag their second 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 then had the chance to put Chiefs out of sight in the 67th minute, but his attempted lob went over the goal.

Bvuma was then forced into a couple of fine stops in the last 15 minutes before Simba stirred up some nervousness with five minutes to go, as Clatous Chama glided into the box and shot past Bvuma.

The home side looked to level matters late on and threw everything forward but Amakhosi manage to hold on and secure a historic victory.