LIVE: Al Masry v Tanzania’s Simba Sports | MARCH 17th | CAF Confederation Cup 2018
Match K.O at 19:30 Cairo local time (GMT+2)
Venue: Port Said Stadium, Port Said
Referee: Yonas Zekarias Ghebre
First leg result: Simba Sports Club 2-2 Masry
Egypt’s Masry are taking nothing for granted despite a 2-2 first-leg draw at Simba as they host the Tanzanians in the return leg of the African Confederation Cup round of 32 on Saturday.
In an exciting affair on 7 March, Masry fell behind to an early goal before scoring twice to go 2-1 up, only for the hosts to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the next round by striking a late equalizer.
Masry were still content with the 2-2 draw as they were forced to play on a waterlogged pitch, with torrential rain forcing a 30-minute stoppage in the latter stages.
The Port Said-based club, who are chasing a second-place finish in the Egyptian league to earn an African Champions League qualification, have an advantage of scoring two away goals but coach Hossam Hassan, Egypt’s all-time leading scorer, remains cautious.
“We have not qualified yet; there is another game in Port Said,” the bald-headed boss said following the first-leg draw.
“We will have to be very cautious because Simba are a good attacking team who boast a very strong coach in (Frenchman) Pierre Lechantre, who has vast experience in African football.”
The first-leg marked the first time Masry do not lose on the road in African competitions under the stewardship of Hassan, who is lauded for turning around their fortunes since taking charge of the club for a second spell in 2015.
LIVE: Al Masry v Tanzania’s Simba Sports