Simba, Yanga step up title chase      

17Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Simba, Yanga step up title chase      

THE 2018/19 Mainland Premier League gets into action today as domestic giants, Simba SC and Yanga, will be away today against Coastal Union and Mtibwa Sugar respectively.


Simba who are currently occupying the third position in the league’s log with 57 points, will confront Coastal Union at Mkwakwani Stadium, Tanga and league leaders Yanga will face Mtibwa Sugar in Morogoro.

Simba, fresh from being eliminated from the CAF Champions League, will be looking to recover from the defeat to by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) football big guns, TP Mazembe, by beating Coastal Union while Yanga are eager to cling on to the top spot.

Mtibwa Sugar, placed fifth in the log with 45 points, and Coastal Union that has been placed eight with 41 points will look to upset the tables with the aim of having realistic chances of remaining in the league.

Patrick Aussems, Simba head coach, said his charges are looking forward to collecting three points as their aim is to defend the league’s title.

He said after crashing out of the CAF Champions League, the focus now is on domestic league games.

"The team is ready for the game, our focus now is to defend the premier league top honour, the game against Coastal Union will not be easy but we are ready for them,” he said.

Simba must brace for stiff opposition in today’s match given Coastal Union are good at home. The Tanga outfit has recorded impressive results in recent matches.

Yanga’s head coach Mwinyi Zahera, speaking of today’s match, said their aim is to maintain their position in the league.

Zahera will depend on the services of the team’s top scorer, Hetier Makambo, to get three points. The presence of skipper, Ibrahim Ajibu, is likely to boost the team attacking department.

Mtibwa Sugar’s head coach Zuberi Katwila said his charges are well prepared for the encounter.

"My team is ready, we are well prepared and my boys know the importance of winning the Wednesday (today) game," he said.




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