VODACOM Premier League leaders Simba Sports Club
Vodacom Premier League giants Simba Sports Club and Azam Football Club will be aiming to topple the defending champions Young Africans (Yanga) from the top of the standings table today when they meet at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Second-placed Simba, who start the 17th round today with 34 points, need a win or any kind of draw to bounce back to the top position when they lock horns with the ice-makers in the mouth-watering tie which could have a big impact in the title race.
Leaders Yanga also have 34 points but the defending champions top the standings table by goal difference.
Third-placed Azam, who have 32 points from 16 games, will be seeking to sustain their good run this season while knowing that a win against the Msimbazi boys today will put them on the top of the standings table.
A defeat or draw will leave the ice-makers in the third position and facing a tough task ahead to topple Yanga and Simba from the two top positions which will enable them to represent the nation in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) tournaments for the first time.
Toto African, who are twelfth on 13, will host Moro United at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza in another 17th round match to be played today.
Moro United are up to eleventh with 15 points.
At the other end of the table, relegation-haunted sides Villa Squad and Police Dodoma will face each other at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma today fighting for survival.
Villa Squad and Police Dodoma occupy the two bottom positions in the 14 league’s teams with 13 points each but the cops from the capital have better goal difference than the Dar es Salaam side.
A win for any side will be a relief to the winners and could send them out of the relegation zone at least for the coming round.
Ninth-placed Coastal Union will entertain tenth-placed African Lyon, both with 17 points, at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga while JKT Oljoro in fourth position on 26 points will host seventh-placed JKT Ruvu at the Sheikh Kaluta Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium.
The soldiers from Ruvu have 20 points.
Meanwhile, the match between Yanga and eighth-placed Ruvu Shooting which was initially scheduled to be held at the Azam Stadium at Chamazi tomorrow has been shifted to the National Stadium.
The match pitting Kagera Sugar and Mtibwa Sugar, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow at the Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba, has been pushed back for 24 hours forcing the next match involving the sugar cutters from Morogoro against Toto Africans at the CCM Kirumba Stadium now to be held on February 16.
By STEVE WILLIAM, The Guardian