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Tricky soccer ties for Simba, Azam

8th February 2013
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Holders Simba travel to Arusha where they are expected to play against hosts Oljoro JKT at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium tomorrow.

The match is one of many others in the ongoing Mainland premiership fixture this weekend as the 16th round gets underway.

Besides Simba and Oljoro another hot encounter will be between hMtibwa Sugar and Azam FC to be played at the Manungu venue in Morogoro.

Pace makers Young Africans are spared this weekend and they will be hnouring the 16th round assignment in the midweek fixture against relegation-haunted African Lyon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

The weekend fixture has other matches played in Mwanza, Bukoba and Mbeya.

Relegation-haunted Toto Africa host visiting Coastal Union at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza in a match the visitors might pile pressure on holders samba should they post victory.

 Premiership regulars Kagera Sugar are also at home to entertain premiership new arrivals Mgambo JKT at their Kaitaba Stadium.

 Bottom placed African Lyon travels all the way to Mbeya where they are lined up to meet hosts Tanzania prisons in a match to be played at the Sokoine Stadium.

Focus of attention will be on how the holders Simba fair versus Oljoro and Azam against Mtibwa.

Azam who have three-point gap to fill  and catch up with pace makers Young Africans need to be cautious on their hosts who happen to transform their game after holding holders Yanga to a 1-1 draw in close shave circumstances last weekend.

 Loss to the visitors will be a huge blow to their title chase as they will be opening huge room to the pace makers to extend the leading margin.

Simba must contain the hosts as well if they are to keep alive their title retention bid this season.

Any slip up by Simba would pave the way for Coastal Union who are in Mwanza to search for points that might dislodge the holders from their third spot.

The weekend fixtures are highly interesting for both title contenders as well as relegation-haunted teams.

Police Morogoro who have transformed their pattern of play since the second half of the season kicked doff last month, they will be on the sidelines this weekend before returning to action mid next week.

The cops from Morogoro have ten points in the standings table and travel to Mwanza to face relegation-haunted partners Toto Africa at the CCM Kirumba Stadium on February 13.

The cops need at least two more wins to disengage from the dreadful zone as they must exceed 14 points which is the prevailing borderline. ends

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN