Forty eight hours ahead of their CAF Champions League match with Tanzanian side Simba, DR Congo giants TP Mazembe have written to CAF to boost ‘security and surveillance’ before and during the game holding at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam after several clubs accused Simba of poisoning attempts and harassment.
Congo’s Vita Club, who faced Simba in the group stage, complained of a ‘toxic odour’ sprayed in their dressing room ahead of their last match, which prompted the evacuation of the players and technical team to a corridor and the used of face masks.
“Mazembe’s management draws attention to several obscure methods that Simba SC use on their opponents. Several teams they have played in Dar es Salaam in the Champions League have made similar complaints to CAF,” Mazembe wrote.
“Nkana, JS Saoura, Al Ahly and recently Vita Club, all opponents of Simba SC have complained about the poor quality of the bus provided by Simba and the strange and unpleasant smell in the same bus and dressing for visiting team. We want CAF to improve security and surveillance.”
Both teams will meet on Saturday in the quarterfinals first leg of the CAF Champions League, same day Esperance Tunis will lock horns with CS Constantine of Algeria.
Guinean club Horoya will host Wydad Casablanca while Mamelodi Sundowns will take on Al Ahly of Egypt on Friday.