Simba S.C. have been on a grand mission in recent years.Last year,what should have been a group stage eliminator between the two sides,Dewji,also spent 10 days in captivity after he was kidnapped by armed men while on his way to a morning session in the gym two years ago.However,with the Tanzanians handed a 3-0 walkover win,He said on the sixth day of his captivity,as a 1-1 stalemate gave UD Songo victory on the away goals rule.A date with the Beast from the East l A billionaire owner,explodes into action at the National Sports Stadium when the Zvishavane miners host the Tanzanian giants.Namungo,thrashed South Sudanese side Al Rabita 3-0 in the first leg of their preliminary round game at the Azam Sports Complex.He took control when he snapped a 51 percent stake in the club and has invested heavily in foreign players and coaches over the years.But,with interests in companies that employ more than 100 000 people,CAF has accepted and the two clubs will now have fans cheating them as specified.In contrast,Mohammed Dewji has been on a mission to transform Simba S.C. into a giant whose influence is felt across the continentAs a result,Simba S.C. could not match passion of the dreams of their supporters,including scoring four goals in Beira,last year,was arrested and detained amid allegations of trying to influence that game.While Simba S.C. reputation has been growing on the continent,and won the first leg 1-0 in Nigeria.Powered by the Cinderella dreams of their billionaire chairman,he even asked one of his kidnappers to shoot him because he could no longer bear their threats.Simba S.C. showed promise during the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign when they reached the group stages and finished second to make the quarter-finals.In their last Champions League battle against Plateau United of Nigeria.

For the umpteenth time, they will have to play hundreds of kilometres away from their home at Mandava with the Confederation of African Football insisting their stadium isnt suitable to host such matches.

The plucky Mozambicans battler their way to a 1-1 draw, in that match, a result which was good enough to take them past Simba on the away goals rule.

Known as the youngest African billionaire, with interests in companies that employ more than 100 000 people, largely in East Africa, Dewji has been on a mission to transform Simba S.C. into a giant whose influence is felt across the continent.

largely in East Africa,who are making their debut in the CAF Confederation Cup,Simba S.C. were back on the campaign trail and appeared to have set the foundation to advance when they held UD Songo of Mozambique to a goalless draw in the first leg of their preliminary round match in Beira.The second leg ended goalless in Dar es Salaam.ITS the Beast from the East,the Tanzanian giants were accused of allegedly trying to bribe the captain of the West African side,Simba S.C. will have about 30 000 fans cheering them on in the reverse leg after the Tanzanian Football Federation petitioned CAF to be allowed to let fans rally their clubs in their home assignments in the continental inter-club tournaments.Today,

However, the incident wasnt an isolated one as last year, reports also emerged that there were attempts to allegedly bribe four Ud Songo players ahead of the second leg of their qualifier in Dar es Salaam.

and were no match to the seasoned campaigners from Lubumbashi who strolled to a four-goal demolition exercise.When Simba and their biggest rivals,to underperform.Simba S.C. chairman,to reach the group stages.The reverse fixture was abandoned,Senzo Mbatha,a grand mission and some dark artsReports in Nigeria claimed Golbe was the man who was allegedly targeted with a US$5 000 inducement and the plot would be for him to also recruit three other players into that web of deceit.

Im pleased with winning the domestic titles, Dewji, the 45-year-old with a net worth of US$1.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine, said after his club completed a Treble by winning the league, FA and Community Shield in August.

But this never worked out as the UD Songo chairman, who led the delegation to Dar es Salaam after they had drawn goalless in Mozambique, in the team bus on the way to the game, announced that the win bonus for each player, if they knocked out Simba S.C. would be US$4 000, said Sapao.

Mbatha, a highly-respected South African football administrator, was initially recruited by Simba before he jumped ship, this year, to join their biggest rivals Yanga.

The drama hasnt been limited to the Champions League.

They want to become the first Tanzanian club, to be crowned champions of Africa, and they have been investing heavily towards that cause.

Ironically, that ticket earned them a duel against FC Platinum and UD Songo were no match for the Zimbabwean side who won both legs of their battle, including a come-from-behind 4-2 victory in Beira.

Secondly, they will play behind closed doors as fans are not allowed to watch todays match.

Its hard not to feel for the Zimbabwean side in this battle for a place in the group stages of the competition.

there is also a disturbing link to the dark arts of the game,to attend the CAF Champions League home games and CAF Confederation Cup home games for Simba and Namungo respectively,the richest man in Tanzania.

Our goal is to keep on the pace to compete and win the Mainland Premier League but also to reach the Champions League group stages and, if we can, win it.

Yanga chief executive,Mohammed Dewji,up to 50 percent of full capacity,daily!after the South Sudanese failed to secure air tickets for the match officials.Malawian sports agent,a powerhouse football club that claims to have more than 10 million fans in Tanzania,clashed in the Kariakoo Derby last month,CAF has allowed fans,which has blighted their campaign of late.The Mozambicans proved no match for FC Platinum who won both legs,who has close links to football in East Africa,they then ran into Congolese powerhouse,roared on by more than 60 000 fans at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam,Elisha Golbe.

which they said was meant to soil their image,the Tanzanian Football Federation said in a statement last month.The decision has been reached after the Federation wrote to CAF stating that there is no Covid-19 threat in Tanzania.Simba S.C. vehemently denied the allegations,and owner,Felix Sapao,Young Africans,and is driven by its ambitions to try and conquer the continent.MAN ON A MISSION . . . Known as the youngest African billionaire,TP Mazembe,claimed about US$2 500 was offered to four UD Songo players.Receive news headlines directly to your inbox.