Relegation-haunted African Lyon are at home to premiership runaway leaders Young Africans at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today as the 16th round of the Mainland soccer league winds up.
The match brings together two teams with huge disparity in terms of their status in the top flight berth.
While Lyon will be seeking to look for victory and weigh their chances of avoiding relegation, their opponents are in urgent need to stretch the lead to a 36-point mark.
Lyon are at the base of the standings table with paltry nine points and they urgently need to win the match in an effort to move into safe horizon.
For Lyon, today’s game send them into the 17th round while Yanga are concluding the 16th after a brief recess. Yanga’s quest to win the match has been accelerated by Azam’s performance as the ice cream makers have attained 33 points after 16 rounds to catch up with the league leaders.
Azam will be praying for Yanga to falter so as to get title chase boost while the leaders are intent to widen the gap at the top of the standings table.
Lyon have not beaten Yanga since winning promotion into the top flight berth three seasons ago, but have sometimes put up an impressive show to give the Jangwani side hectic moment. Draw is their career best but this time might need to change the trend.
Four other matches will also be on show in other venues.
In Mwanza hosts Toto Africa will be taking on visiting Police Morogoro at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in a match that brings together teams that are troubled by relegation fever.
The cops from Morogoro have been impressive since the second half of the season kicked off last month pulling two back-to-back victories, thanks for new heroics from coach Mohamed Rishard Adolf who took over the team in January.
The cops will be looking forward to their third victory in a row and might come close to the relegation borderline.
A win for the hosts will also be crucial and important to send them out of the relegation borderline.
‘Blood’ brothers Mgambo and Oljoro JKT teams will lock horns at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga. Both teams are in safe position and have so no relegation worries.
After losing by 4-1 goals to one of the hottest premiership title contenders Azam FC, Mtibwa Sugar will also be at home to visiting Ruvu Shooting in a match they must win to please their fans.
Both teams are also not bothered by relegation upsets but a win for one of them would ignite the chase for title.
The teams have identical statistics with 24 points though the hosts have played one more game than their visitors.
Mtibwa’s coach Mecky Maxime will be seeking to redeem his status as man to be reckoned with through avoiding defeat.