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Simba out to extend lead

7th March 2012
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Pacemakers Simba host eighth-placed Kagera Sugar in one of the Mainland premiership matches to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this afternoon.

Despite massive home ground advantage, Simba know they have to play a solid game if they intend to haul all the three points allotted for the match.

Kagera Sugar has always been a tough nut to crack, particularly when they play league stalwarts in the likes of Simba, Azam or Yanga in premiership ties.

The teams drew 1-1 during the first leg match played on September 18 in Bukoba and therefore either side stand a chance to be a match favourite today.

The match is crucial for Kagera Sugar in terms of chances to win the premiership title.

Kagera are in a must-win situation if the title is to be in sight, otherwise they are likely to have a short ceiling points of 39 points with five matches remaining in the fixtures.

Hosts Simba will be under pressure to win as any slip up is likely to keep their league leadership at stake this weekend.

With 37 points to their collection kit, Simba are leading the standings table on the basis of goal difference over archrivals Young Africans.

The tight race towards the title podium is what would drive Simba to fight for all the three points but their visitors are also cautious not to lose grip and drop into the relegation zone.

In another league match this afternoon, third placed Azam play rejuvenated Coastal Union at their Chamazi base in Dar es Salaam.

The visitors still have fresh memories of the lone goal defeat they conceded during the first leg match played at their Mkwakwani Stadium base on September 21.

Azam have 35 points realized from ten wins and five draws and might be aware of the urgency to post victory at this stage to keep their premiership title dream alive.

The ice cream makers have another tight game on Saturday as they play holders Yanga in a match that would open their title hunting aspirations.

The league debutants Coastal need to win and raise their hope to chase for the title in case there is any possibility for league leaders to falter.

However, Coastal Union have been maintaining a unique winning streak as they pulled six out of their seven games since the second half of the premiership season kicked off in January.

Azam will be tested to the limits to maintain their supremacy of the top flight side from Tanga in today’s tie.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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