Following their triumphant 4-1 victory against AS Vita Club on Saturday that saw them book their slot among the last eight best teams in the CAF Champions League, Tanzanian footballing giants Simba Fc will now be loaded more heavily financially.
Being the hosts of AS Vita Club from Congo at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Simba made light work of the guests, with Mozambican striker Luis Miquissone opening the score at the half-hour mark before Zemanga Soze restored parity for AS Vita Club minutes later.
“Triple C” Clatous Chota Chama however finished off a brilliant play from his teammates, giving the Wekundu wa Msimbazi a 2-1 lead at halftime.
The second half saw a dominant Simba extend their lead through Larry Bwalya after 66 minutes, before Zambian Chama completed his brace on the 84th minute, sending frenzy over 10,000 fans who witnessed the historic moment at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
The win saw Simba, who are yet to taste defeat in the group stage, qualify as the top team. They have 13 points after 5 matches, with defending champions Al Ahly second with 8 points after rescuing a 2-2 draw with Sudan’s Al Merriekh at Omdurman.
According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), teams that qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals will receive US$650,000 each. This is equivalent to 1.5 billion Tanzanian Shillings.
If they will manage to qualify for the semi-finals, they will be awarded US$875,000 and if their dreams come true and they win the trophy, they will get US$2.5 million.
Al Ahly, who are the defending champions of the competition, will welcome Simba Fc at Cairo next Friday for their last match of the group.