Simba still strong favourites for Premier League trophy   

02May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Simba still strong favourites for Premier League trophy   

AFTER Tuesday’s 1-0 win against JKT Tanzania in the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League match, played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, the league’s title is now for Simba SC to lose.

Simba Sports Club

The win saw second placed Simba accumulate 72 points from 28 games while the league leaders Yanga have 77 points from 33 games.

Yanga SC has five games to play while Simba have 10 games to play. Should Yanga win all matches, they will accumulate 92 points, whereas Simba SC will collect 102 points, should they claim win in the rest of their duels.

In this case, Simba only need to win seven games to have 93 points, which cannot be achieved by any team in the premier league.

Simba, though, must be careful as at this stage there are no pushovers, given each side wants to make good use of the remaining matches.

After the JKT Tanzania game, Simba now head to Mbeya, where they will face two opponents, Mbeya City and Prisons, at the Sokoine Stadium.

The duels promise to be extremely difficult encounters for the defending champions, as the Mbeya outfits are fighting to maintain a relatively safe place in the league.

Simba will play Mbeya City tomorrow before facing Prisons on Sunday. The two Mbeya teams are occupying eighth and 10th positions respectively and they have played 32 games apiece.

Simba had to dig deep to cruise to the win over JKT Tanzania, with the former grabbing the win through midfielder, Hassan Dilunga, during the added on time.

The Msimbazi Street side’s head coach, Patrick Aussems, said his charges must tread carefully as the league has reached a crucial stage which many teams are fighting for either survival or being in the good side of the table.

He hailed his side for putting a spirited fight and display never-say-die spirit and said the focus now is on the coming games.

"It was a tough game, but I am happy that we managed to collect maximum points against a hard fighting team, we are now looking forward to coming games," he said.

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