Simba, Yanga Community Shield derby confirmed

By Michael Mwebe , The Guardian
Published at 06:00 AM Jun 11 2024
Yanga's head coach, Miguel Ángel Gamondi.
Photo: Courtesy of Yanga
Yanga's head coach, Miguel Ángel Gamondi.

DETAILS around the 2024 Community Shield have now been confirmed, as Young Africans and Simba are set to battle it in one of the semi-final in the Community Shield tournament.

The Tanzania Football Federation, TFF, confirmed that the 2024 Community Shield will take place from Thursday, August 8, 2024, to Sunday, August 11, at a yet to be confirmed venue.

The Community Shield will be the first piece of silverware of the new season involving the top four teams in the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.

The concept of the top four teams from the previous league season participating in a start-of-the-new-season competition was introduced last year.

Previously, the Community Shield only involved two teams, the Premier League champions coming up against the Federation Cup winners or a side that finished as first runners-up in the league.

After winning the Premier League title for a third successive time with three games to spare, Young Africans confirmed their place in the 2024 Community Shield.

Simba - who endured the misfortune of finishing third behind Azam - are set to go to war against Miguel Gamondi’s side on August 8.

Simba and Young Africans met in the Community Shield final last year. 

Simba overcame Singida Fountain Gate via a penalty shootout while Young Africans beat Azam 2-0 in the other semi-final.

A penalty shootout victory saw Simba triumph against their arch-rivals after the two sides had settled for a goalless draw in normal time of play.

With both sides expected to bolster their squads in the transfer window, the traditional curtain-raiser may give the fresh additions a chance to get their first taste of life at the top of the Tanzanian football pyramid.

Meanwhile, the other side of the bracket will see Azam battle Coastal Union in their second semi-final. 

Coastal Union finished fourth to guarantee themselves a spot in the Community Shield for the first time as well as a CAF Confederation Cup ticket.