Azam`s Mainland premiership title race banks heavily on how they fair in today’s return leg tie against visiting Mtibwa Sugar to be played at the former’s backyard of Chamazi this afternoon.
Azam who have attained 50 points have three matches to wind up the season and need hundred percent clean sheets to sail through.
A loss to Mtibwa would lower Azam’s ceiling in terms of points while opening wide opportunity to pacemakers Simba in their title aspirations.
Mtibwa who have won more premiership matches against Azam in Dar es Salaam stand at the latter’s title passage.
Azam are in must win situation and have to play it safe despite a massive home ground advantage at Chamazi.
Wining would keep Azam in title hunt as they have two more games before ending the season, all to be played at their Chamazi backyard.
With 35 points to their credit Mtibwa Sugar have an opportunity to pile up pressure on dethroned champions Young Africans in the race towards finishes third in the premiership race, their best over performance after four seasons.
Azam with a ceiling of 59 points should they post victories in the rest of their three matches remaining in the fixture, would pile pressure on Simba in the event they breeze past Mtibwa this afternoon.
Third finish in the premiership standings is of no use for any team but would herald a significant achievement for Mtibwa Sugar, the former Mainland champions.