Simba face Mtibwa Sugar acid test  

16May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Simba face Mtibwa Sugar acid test  

MAINLAND Premier League defending champions, Simba SC, will host Mtibwa Sugar this afternoon at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in a must win encounter for the former.

The game could not have come at a better time as the two sides have different missions.

Simba are in the second position in the table with 82 points and they need to win today’s game to keep their dreams of defending the league title alive.

Mtibwa have been placed fifth with 49 points and they need three points to remain in top five teams.

Both Simba and Mtibwa head into the match with unimpressive record as they only managed to collect one point from a possible six in their two previous matches.

Simba, on the one hand, lost 1-0 to Kagera Sugar and then drew 0-0 with Azam FC while Mtibwa, on the other hand, drew one all with Singida United and later lost 1-0 to Coastal Union.

Simba need victory more than Mtibwa and any slip-up for the defending champions would be dangerous with the title race heading for the exciting final stages.

Yanga that are leading the league table with 83 points have mathematical chances of winning the title if they win the remaining games against Biashara and Azam FC and pray that Simba lose three games.

If the host side wins today, they will only need five points from the remaining four games, which will see them lock horns with Ndanda, Singida, Biashara and Mbeya City FC.

Simba have a better head-to-head record against the visitors Mtibwa, but, at this stage, teams are not ready to lose points.

  1. the previous two games, the hosts’ players had clearly shown signs of fatigue which can be attributed to playing many games in a space of few days.

But with Simba desperate for defending the silverware, they would be looking to grind out a win.

“In our game against Azam FC it was clear that they (Azam) came for a draw, they were only defending and playing the type of football which frustrated us … we need eight points from the five games remaining, I am very confident that we will defend the title,” Simba’s coach, Patrick Aussems, said.

Mtibwa SC head coach Zuberi Katwila said his side is ready for tomorrow (today) game as their aim is to collect maximum points.

He said they have prepared well for the encounter against the league’s favorites.

“The game against Simba will not be that easy, but we are well prepared for them, my players know the importance of winning this game and we will make sure that we emerge as winners,” he noted.

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