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Tanzanian giants Simba SC turned the style on Nigerien outfit Union Sportive Gendarmerie Nationale [USGN] at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night, hitting them 4-0 to progress to the quarter finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.

Simba came into Sunday’s fixture at third place in Group D and in a must win situation. After a goalless first half, they ran riot in the second 45 to secure a last eight berth.

They progressed second from the group behind RS Berkane who also affirmed their place in the quarters with a 1-0 win at home over Asec Mimosas. The latter who were placed second before Sunday’s fixtures dropped to third and missed a spot in Tuesday’s last eight draw.

In Berkane, the hosts needed just a single strike to win, Chadrack Lukombe’s penalty in the 28th minute doing the damage.

In Dar es Salaam, Simba had done everything but score in the opening half.

The floodgates of goals finally opened in the second half with Sadio Kanoute breaking the deadlock after 63 minutes. The Malian forward brilliantly took a shot on the turn just inside the box off a Bernard Morrison pass.

Morrison then provided his second assist of the evening, playing Chris Mugalu through after a quick start to a corner, the Congolese striker finishing off calmly inside the box.

Mugalu then doubled his tally and made it 3-0 for Simba in the 79th minute when the keeper spilled a cross, and the lanky forward did the rest to pounce and score.

USGN then scored a bizarre own goal, keeper Saidu Hamisu somehow miscontrolling a backpass and letting the ball skip into the net.

Source: CAF

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