Simba Queens SC closes in on defending Mainland Women's Premier League

14May 2022
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba Queens SC closes in on defending Mainland Women's Premier League

​​​​​​​SERENGETI Lite Mainland Women's Premier League (WPL) defending champion, Simba Queens SC, needs just three of the remaining nine points to defend the squad's top honour this season.

Simba Queens SC's central defender, Fatuma Issa (L), shoots whilst Tiger Queens player keeps the former in check when the sides locked horns in this season's Serengeti Lite Mainland Women's Premier League clash played in Arusha early this week. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA QUEENS

The Dar es Salaam club has three games left to conclude this season's top flight, with a total of 22 matches to be played by each of the 12 participating teams. Each team has already played 19 games.

Simba Queens SC was expected to come up against Mlandizi Queens at Mabatini ground in Coast Region yesterday in one of the day's fixtures.

Five other ties were set to take place on various grounds on the day, with one of them pitting second-placed Fountain Gate Princesses of Dodoma against Mwanza's TSC Queens at the latter's backyard Nyamagana Stadium.

The defending champion leads the league standings with 54 points after taking part in 19 ties, winning 18 matches, and losing just one against their hometown rivals, Yanga Princesses, who are sitting third.

Coast Region's Mlandizi Queens, Simba Queens SC's opponents in the yesterday match, have not had good progress in the league this season, therefore, if the latter wins then it will be declared the champion.

Each team has three games left, if Simba Queens SC wins against Mlandizi Queens, the defending champion will amass unassailable 57 points.

The defending champion's rivals Yanga Princesses and Fountain Gate Princesses have 47 points apiece, meaning they will end up registering 56 points apiece if they win their remaining matches.

The two clubs will still not be able to get the better of the league leader, much as they will emerge victoriously, therefore they ought to pray Simba Queens SC suffers a loss to Mlandizi Queens.

Simba Queens SC was expected to enter the Friday match with sweet memories, having garnered a 3-0 first-round victory over Mlandizi Queens.

The league leader will then confront JKT Queens away on May 17 and conclude the campaign with a clash against Baobab Queens of Dodoma at the MO Arena in Dar es Salaam on May 20.

Simba Queens SC's hopes of defending their title have doubled after they emerged with a 3-0 away win over tough opponents, Tiger Queens, in Arusha.

In the match which was played at FFU Kwa Morombo Stadium, Simba Queens SC's goals were scored by Asha Djafari in the 20th minute, Falone Kuzoya in the 60th minute, and Joelle Bukuru in the 80th minute through a penalty kick.

Asha's goal is the attacker's 24th this season in 19 games, widening the gap between the Burundian goal-getter and her close challengers in the race for the Women's Premier League best goal-scorer prize.

The forward's rivals, Jamila Rajabu and Zainabu Dudu of Baobab Queens, and Clara Luvanga of Yanga Princesses, have each registered 14 goals.