Mozambican champions UD Songo and visiting Simba of Tanzania played to a barren draw in their preliminary first leg clash of the Total CAF Champions League on Saturday in Beira.
It was a good result for the visitors, who managed to hold their host and start their campaign on a clean sheet.
UD Songo started the game with a high intensity trying to score in the opening minutes, with Luís Miquissone coming close to target on two occasions just as Laura King twice, to no avail.
Despite the pressure, Simba was quite strategic and managing the opponent and keeping them at bay.
In the second half, Simba imposed themselves Sharaf almost broke the deadlock but Leonel Pendula made a great save.
In the last quarter of an hour, Simba boosted the defensive side to avoid a goal and leave the qualifying decision to Tanzania where to potential favourite.
Chaquir Bemate (Assistant coach, UD Songo)
It was a draw that we are not happy with it, because we controlled the game most of the time with clear opportunities to score but we couldn't. In the second leg, we will try to score a goal and not concede despite the opponent being an experienced team with players of great value.
Patrick Aussems (Head Coach, Simba)
It was a fair result and especially a good one for us. We will do our best to pass this hurdle in the return leg. Songo has a good team and had opportunities to score .