Simba need to work beyond the call of duty if the team intends to realise title retention dream as the Mainland premiership enters into the 16th round this weekend.
got off to a stuttering form after their recent draw with struggling Ruvu JKT before their own fans.
Trailing six points adrift of their closest archrivals Young Africans, Simba have a wake up call from Tanga’s Coastal Union who are breathing heavily before their neck with just one point to cover.
Simba have attained 27 points in 15 appearances while the Tanga side is just behind with 26 points.
Besides Coastal Union, Simba have a tall order to raise to the top of the standings ladder as they also trail by three points to ice-cream makers Azam.
Azam were beneficiaries of the last weekend’s results that saw both Simba and Yanga dropping two points to halt their title chase temporarily.
With the prevailing situation Simba have the task of not only wining their subsequent matches but also need to beat Yanga and Azam during their return leg matches of the second half of the season.
This is the time not to be entertain complacency for the holders should they need to retain the title.
Giant killers Mtibwa Sugar and highly improved Ruvu Shooting also have an opportunity to bring shockwaves to samba should they post wins in the 16th round as well.
Probably Simba have themselves to blame in case they lose the premiership title as they have taken onboard a new coach at the mid of the season.
The new French coach need to acclimatize with the domestic league before taking Simba to where the team officials though they are supposed to be.
The title chase has become fierce as six top placed teams have the opportunity to cruise into the title podium depending on how best they shuffle their cards.
Simba that played most of their first leg matches at home in Dar es Salaam, have a huge task of traveling upcountry to search for points.
Third placed in the standings table, Simba have won seven matches, drew six and lost twice in their 15 appearances. The statistics does not favour the team’s quest to retain the title if it happens to lose matches on away matches.
The title holders have not lost many matches but the number of points dropped through the six draws is equivalent to lose additional four matches.
Simple statistics suggests that the team has virtually lost six matches so far if the number of points lost through draws is added to the two other lost matches.
The mainland premiership has now become highly thrilling as teams that performed poorly during the first half of the season have stepped up their game.
Simba travel to Arusha this weekend where they are expected to meet JKT Oljoro in one of the matches that remain unpredictable.
Winning five, losing as many and drawing the same Oljoro are in mid table position of the standings but still they need points to comfort their fans and ensure their float on the premiership berth. ends