Premiership trio under pressure

28Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Premiership trio under pressure

THREE Dar es Salaam-based premiership teams of Young Africans, Azam and Simba have their coaches spending sleepless nights as the seventh round of the league comes closer this weekend.

Joseph Omog

Holders Young Africans, who have suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of unheralded Stand United, would need a solace to beat their archrivals Simba on Saturday.

On the other side of the coin, Simba are equally under pressure to beat their rivals Yanga so as to keep afloat their title wining campaign.

A defeat for Yanga would most likely cause upheaval at the clubhouse and its members who are accustomed to winning tradition for the past two back to back seasons.

Beaten twice in the previous season, Simba might not feel well to lose a third premiership game at the hands of their closest rivals.

Simba’s Cameroon coach Joseph Omog who powered Azam to their first premiership title two seasons ago, would like to make his mark again in the Tanzanian soccer with Simba winning the title.

Having won the premiership title in back to back fashion, coach Hans van Pluijm would like to open a new record book to keep Yanga hopes alive in title defence for the third straight season.

Azam who are under Spaniard coach Zeben Hernandez are deeply under tension as they are keen on avoiding a third straight scare. Azam have lost two back to back matches that cost the team six points to severely dent their title winning campaign.

The ice-cream makers will host visiting Ruvu Shooting at their Chamazi backyard in a match they have all reasons to win.

The visitors, however, are hard nut to crack after successful return to the top flight berth.
Ruvu Shooting are known for their resilience when it comes to compete against Dar es Salaam-based sides and the match on Saturday has what it takes to qualify as a thriller.

Azam have just returned from Mtwara where they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ndanda FC, a team which is enjoying the third season since gaining promotion into the top flight soccer.

Yanga will be all out to prove that their single goal loss in Shinyanga over the weekend was a fluke and beat their rivals.

However, Simba have been enjoying a rollercoaster display in their matches to open a four-point gap at the top of the standings table.

Most of the premiership followers for the Mainland soccer league will be following the two matches with tenacious zeal.

Simba have collected 16 points in six appearances with unbeaten run while their archrivals have ten points in five appearances with a blemish in Shinyanga.

Azam are the worst hit of the trio after conceding two successive defeats with uncertainty of winning their Saturday encounter against the coastal dwellers.