Simba SC Vs Al Ahly will be the opening game of the 2023 Africa Football League. SportsRation presents a preview of the match.
ABOUT THE AFRICA FOOTBALL LEAGUE: This will be the first game of the Africa Football League. Launched in August 2022 as the Africa Super League, the maiden edition of the AFL will be competed for by eight clubs.
The much-awaited inaugural African Football League is finally expected to serve off on October 20, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
VENUE FOR SIMBA SC VS AL AHLY MATCH: Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DATE: Friday, October 20, 2023
ABOUT THE MATCH
– Simba SC and Al Ahly have two wins apiece from their last four meetings.
– Their most recent meeting in April 2021 saw Al Ahly claim a 1-0 home win in the group stage of the CAF Champions League en route winning the competition.
– Simba are unbeaten in nine games across all competitions, emerging victorious in seven games .
– Al Ahly are on a five-game winning streak across all competitions.
– Four of Simba’s last five games across competitions have had goals at both ends.
– Six of Al Ahly’s last seven competitive games, including the last five, have produced at least three goals.
– Five of Al Ahly’s last six games have seen at least one team fail to score.
– Simba are coming off a 2-1 win at Singida Fountain in the Tanzanian Ligi Kuu Bara a fortnight ago.
– Al Ahly, meanwhile, comfortably dispatched Ismaily 3-1 at home in the Egyptian Premier League. South African forward Percy Tau scored a brace to guide his team to victory.
– Al Ahly are defending champions of the CAF Champions League.
– The winner of the tie face either Petro Atletico or Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-final.
– Didier Gomes Da Rosa is the Head Coach of Simba SC while Al Ahly is managed by Marcel Koller.
OTHER AFL QUATER-FINAL MATCHES In the other three Africa Football League quater-final matches, 16-time Angolan champions Atlético Petróleos de Luanda will host South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, October 21 at Luanda’s Estadio 11 de Novembro for the first leg.
Democratic Republic of Congo champions TP Mazembe will host Tunisian giants Esperance Tunisienne, also at Dar es Salaam’s Benjamin Mkapa Stadium while Nigerian Champions , Enyimba FC host Moroccan champions Wydad Athletic Club at the Goodwill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on October 22, 2023.