Simba SC coach Sven Vandenbroeck said that his club did not have to lose 1-0 to FC Platinum in the first leg of their 2020/21 CAF Champions League first-round tie which took place in Harare on Wednesday.
A first-half goal from FC Platinum midfielder, Perfect Chikwende, left the Tanzanian side needing a 2-0 victory in the second leg, to be held in Dar es Salaam on 6 January.
Failure to do so will see Simba SC drop to the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs.
Vandenbroeck believes that his charges dominated the Zimbabweans in parts of the match and should have scored had they not missed the killer touch in front of goal. He said;
I’m disappointed, a bit frustrated because we did not have to lose the game. I think we controlled the game especially in the beginning but were missing some explosivity, the final touch to score a goal today.
On the break, they scored, 1-0 is not a drama but it makes our life difficult and we have to be careful in the second game.
We were missing that extra quality touch to kill the game. The performance of players, I think a few ones were below their levels, a few ones on their level.
As a team or individuals, we could do better, have better performance. As I said, this is a game we did not have to lose.