Efforts by pace makers Simba to extend the Mainland premiership lead hit a rock bottom yesterday when they were held to a barren draw by visiting Toto Africa in their return leg match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The relegation-haunted Toto from Mwanza who were presumed to be underdogs going by their dismal performance for the closing season kicked off the game with unique confidence.
Simba had to play with ten men on the field following a red card flashed to their defender Kelvin Yondani 14 minutes to time.
Yondani had handled the ball deliberately during efforts to clear it in the first half when he collected the first yellow.
He was again in trouble in the second half as he was shown another yellow that was accompanied by the red for simulation.
Simba strikers tried all their best to penetrate the otherwise watertight defence of the Lake Side boys.
Fans wondered why Toto have left it too late to float in the relegation shockwaves if they were capable of holding such a formidable side like Simba.
Toto have slightly moved out of the relegation zone as they edge Villa Squad on superior goal aggregates. Squad has now joined Police Dodoma.
The result has been a huge relief for holders Yanga who lost to league leaders Azam by terrible 3-1 goals to stuck at third place in the overall standings.
Simba are still at the top of the standings table with 41 points, same as Azam but they edge the ice cram makers on superior goal aggregates.
Both Simba and Azam have opened a four-point gap over the holders Yanga but Yanga have a game in hand.
Azam have played two more matches than Yanga and one more than Simba.