Azam FC is just a point adrift of leaders Simba as they look forward to their seventh round match against Tanzania Prisons at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya on Wednesday.
The ice-cream makers have so far managed to maintain unbeaten run after six appearances and mount pressure on Simba in the Mainland premiership.
Both Simba and Azam remain unbeaten and will be in action on Wednesday.
Simba can only maintain lead should they win their fixture against visiting Kagera Sugar while at the same time praying for Tanzania Prisons to hold or beat the ice-cream makers.
Simba’s speed has been checked by Coastal Union during their seventh round match played at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga over the weekend.
The situation keeps Simba in tension mood as they urgently need to beat Kagera Sugar so as to create a huge cushion over on rushing Azam.
While Simba will be the first team to hit a 20-point mark in case they win over Kagera Sugar, Azam will be closing or widening the gap depending on the outcome of the Wednesday match in Mbeya.
Simba have made only one visit away from their base in Dar es Salaam and dropped two points to the Tanga side, Coastal Union.
Winning five and drawing twice, Simba have dropped a total of four points so far while Azam has lost paltry two.
The ice-cream makers, who finished runners-up to Simba at the end of the previous season, is the only side that has conceded the least number of goals, two.
Third placed in the standings table so far are Oljoro JKT who are five points adrift of leaders Simba who relish 17 points.
Oljoro made a giant leap over the weekend after collecting maximum points in their away match against Tanzania Prisons in Mbeya.
The victory has lifted the team to the third before they host African Lyon at their backyard of Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in 48 hours time.
A tie for third are Young Africans and Kagera Sugar who share eleven points only to be separated by the number of goals scored.
Both Yanga and Kagera Sugar have almost identical statistics as they have won, draw and lost the same number of matches at the end of seven rounds.
The teams are six points adrift of Simba and they need at least two more rounds of play before attempting to dislodge the holders from the top of the standings table.