Simba SC players

Mainland Premier League leaders, Simba SC, have the opportunity to widen their gap with the rest of the pack when they meet Villa Squad at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Simba currently have 34 points from 15 matches, having won 10, managed draw in four and lost one game in what has so far been a promising campaign by the side.

The Msimbazi Street side grabbed a 2-0 win over league debutants, JKT Oljoro of Arusha, in the latest match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday to continue clinging to the top spot and bolster hopes of snatching the league’s trophy from defending champions and rivals, Yanga.

A win over lowly Villa Squad will see Simba collect 37 points and open a six-point gap with second-placed Yanga, who have posted 31 points from 15 matches after winning nine, managing draw in four and losing two. Grabbing a win over Villa Squad, however, proves to be a tricky task for Simba considering that the former, currently positioned at the bottom of the standing, are seeking ways to avoid relegation to the National First Division.

Villa Squad has so far managed 10 points from 15 matches after winning only two, securing draw in four and losing nine games in a campaign that has also seen the Dar es Salaam-based side net 15 goals and concede 33 goals, the biggest total in the race. Villa Squad will enter the National Stadium as the second best as far as chances to register victory is concerned but a lot is expected from the side given that victory over Simba would be the best way to keep alive hopes of avoiding the relegation trap.

Villa’s officials have, on separate occasions, been claiming that their side’s poor performance has greatly been contributed by financial constraints, which have denied the team an opportunity to embark on better preparations, apart from recruiting more competent players that could have helped the team excel.

Simba definitely needs three points to continue inching closer to the title and the team, therefore, is not expected to let the chance to add points to its kit slip through its hands. Underrating Villa Squad, however, could prove to be the biggest letdown to Simba in the game and, for that matter, the same level of commitment on the part of the Msimbazi Street side is needed to ensure the team maintains winning ways.

Simba will be without mercurial midfielder, Haruna Moshi, who faces a two-match ban after he was shown red card in the match against JKT Oljoro, but the player’s absence is not expected to be deeply felt thanks to the presence of a couple of talented performers that could fill the place.

In other matches scheduled to take place in other venues the same day, Tanga’s Coastal Union will face Moro United at the Azam Complex at Chamazi, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam while Ruvu Shooting Stars will host Polisi of Dodoma at Mabatini venue in Mlandizi, Coast Region.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said the entrance fee for the National Stadium game will be 3,000/- for each of the blue and green seats, 5,000/- for each of the orange seats while each of the VIP A and B seats will cost 15,000/- and 10,000/- respectively.

He said the Coastal Union versus Moro United duel’s entrance fee will be 10,000/- for each of the main stand seats and 3,000/- for each of the seat in the rest of the venue. The Mlandizi game’s entrance fee will be 5,000/- for the main stand and 2000/- for the rest of the venue.

Wambura further said the federation has changed kick off time for the league’s matches that are to be played in Dar es Salaam, in which matches that take place at the National Stadium during weekends will start at 4pm while the ones that will be played midweek will start at 4.30pm. All matches that will take place at the Azam Complex will start at 4pm.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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