In Summary
  • Ahly remain group leaders with seven points while Simba have six, V Club four and JS Saoura of Algeria, who host the Congolese later Tuesday, two.
  • Wayne Sandilands of Orlando Pirates made a string of superb saves to restrict trophy-holders Esperance to a 2-0 victory in Tunis.

JOHANNESBURG

Simba SC of Tanzania bounced back from two five-goal Group D hidings to edge record eight-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 in Dar es Salaam in a Caf Champions League group match on Tuesday.

Rwandan Meddie Kagere scored the match-winner on 65 minutes in the Indian Ocean city to bring the local club back into the contention for a top-two finish and a last-eight place.

The result marked a dramatic turnaround for multi-national Simba -- back in the group stage of the Champions League after a 16-year absence -- following a 5-0 away drubbing from Ahly.

It was the second visit by the Cairo Red Devils to east Africa this season and a second 1-0 loss in the region having fallen to Jimma Aba Jifar of Ethiopia in a qualifier.

Before Simba were humiliated in Egypt, they were crushed 5-0 by former champions V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa.

Ahly remain group leaders with seven points while Simba have six, V Club four and JS Saoura of Algeria, who host the Congolese later Tuesday, two.

Wayne Sandilands of Orlando Pirates made a string of superb saves to restrict trophy-holders Esperance to a 2-0 victory in Tunis.

Anice Badri, the leading scorer with eight goals when the Tunisian outfit won the elite African club competition last year, opened the scoring after 16 minutes.

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