Ugandans on the brink of CAF Champions League elimination.

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By Alex Bossa

Chances for a Ugandan footballer featuring in the semi finals of the CAF Champions League seem to be all but vanished after both Tanzania’s Simba and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns lost their first leg fixtures.

It will take a miracle for Tadeo Lwanga’s Simba to overturn a 4-goal deficit to progress to the semi finals after losing 4-0 to South African giants Kaizer Chiefs at the soccer city in Johannesburg. Tadeo Lwanga played the entire 90 minutes in midfield for Simba in a game which saw Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic score a brace after Eric Mathoho had given the South Africans an early lead.

Substitute Dumisani Zuma scored the day’s other goal to bury the tie heading into next weekend’s return leg in Tanzania. Uganda’s Ali Mwebe was the general coordinator for the game.

On the other hand, Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns will have to put in extra effort to overturn a 2-goal deficit to progress to the semi finals of this year’s CAF Champions League after losing 2-0 to defending Champions Al Ahly in Cairo.

Taher Mohamed’s beautifully struck shot past Onyango gave the Egyptians a half time lead before Onyango’s howler towards the end of the game gifted Salah Mohsen with a simple tap in for the 2nd goal after the Ugandan goalkeeper had misjudged a long ball from Ajayi.

Elsewhere, Uganda’s Dick Okello was the 2nd assistant referee in MC Alger’s 1-1 draw at home to Wydad on Friday while former Champions Esperance Tunis lost 2-0 away to CR Belouizdad.

The return leg fixtures are scheduled for next Saturday 22nd May 2021.

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