TANZANIAN side Simba Stars arrived in Harare yesterday, 5 days before their Caf Champions League first round first leg tie versus FC Platinum to be played at the National Sports Stadium in a program of how seriously they are taking this tie.

Simba Stars got approved for the very first round after they knocked out Plateau United of Nigeria following a 1-0 away win before the nil-all house draw.

The Zimbabwe champions on the other hand dispatched Mozambique’s Costa dol Sol 4-1 on aggregate.

Norman Mapeza’s side have everything to do if they are to progress beyond this stage, facing a side leaving nothing to possibility.

FC Platinum’s target is to go beyond the group phase, but even reaching the mini league stage will be a tall order.

The Zvishavane-based side will be wanting to win the home match without conceding.

Unlike FC Platinum, Simba Stars have been included competitively as the Tanzania top-flight league ran it’s full course last season prior to they started a brand-new one.

FC Platinum’s only competitive matches given that March came against Costa dol Sol.

They reappointed Mapeza a week prior to they face Costa dol Sol in the very first leg. The miners will be aiming to use their experience, having actually made it into the group stages of the last two editions of the competition.