Azam Football Club entertain Ruvu Shooting at their Chamanzi backyard to conclude the ninth round fixture of the Mainland premier league this afternoon.
The ice-cream makers are in pole position to dislodge Simba from the league leadership should they post a win of any margin over the Coast Region shooters.
Trailing two points adrift of title holders and leaders Simba, Azam might be the first side to attain a 20-point mark if they can realize the victory which is not guaranteed any way.
After seven appearances, Azam have 17 points out of five wins and two draws which gives their newly acquired Serbian coach Boris Bunjak a reason to relish the feat.
It’s the only side among 14 in the top flight berth to have conceded the least number of goals, two, and maintain unique unbeaten run so far.
Despite losing some potential players during the transfer window, Azam still look formidable and determined to push stalwarts Yanga and Simba on the sidelines in the title race for the ongoing season.
However, Azam still has troubled strikers who have so far not managed to score a double digit number of goals though victory is always important even by the narrowest of the margins.
Azam’s league leadership bid might be halted by the prowess of their opponents who gave Kagame Cup holders Yanga a hectic moment when they played their eighth round match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Sunday.
The Coast region team is a force to reckon with and has the capability to exhibit a superb brand of soccer when it matters most.
Shooting have a narrow cushion of points away from the relegation borderline and a loss today would send them into a delicate position.
Tenth positioned Shooting have nine points and might plunge deep into the relegation web depending on the performance of three other teams located below them in the standings table.
The teams include Mtibwa Sugar, Toto Africa and African Lyon.
Lyon and Toto are floating in the relegation pool and have strong intention to move into safe horizon through winning their very next league fixtures.
Besides the Azam-Shooting match, other fixture lines up Young Africans versus relegation haunted Police Morogoro at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam
After wobbly start for the season, Yanga project to close the five point-gap created by their archrivals Simba who are on top of the standings table.
The cops from Morogoro are at the base of the premiership with paltry two points in eight appearances.
No body knows what is in store for the cops who are intending to reverse the dismal performance to move out of the relegation zone.
A win for the visitors might be the biggest upset for the season as they meet a highly rated side with huge number of followers
Mtibwa Sugar and Coastal Union host Kagera Sugar and African Lyon at Manungu and Mkwakwani Stadium, respectively.