The points gap between the top two clubs in the NBC Premier League has come about after Simba SC failed to record maximum points in league fixtures against Mbeya City FC and Mtibwa Sugar.
Simba SC went down 1-0 to Mbeya City FC at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya on January 17 and thereafter notched a 0-0 draw with Mtibwa Sugar in Morogoro on Saturday.
Simba SC's Board of Directors' Chairman, Salim Abdallah, said the race for the NBC Premier League title this season is still fresh and those who take it for granted will be surprised at the end.
Abdallah said his outfit's loss to Mbeya City FC, which saw the NBC Premier League defending champion drop three points for the first time this season, has awakened the club.
The official noted Simba SC will now take every precaution so it cannot lose its title defense.
Simba SC currently holds the title for the fourth consecutive season, since the squad lifted the trophy in 2018.
If the outfit wins it again this season, it will set a record of being the first outfit to win the Premier League title for five consecutive seasons.
Yanga initially set a record by lifting the league's silverware for five consecutive seasons from 1968 to 1972.
Simba SC later repeated the feat, winning the top honour from 1976 to 1980 and the success has never been repeated.
Abdallah said his club's loss is not a big deal as it is part of football.
He insisted their goal is to defend their title for the fifth time in a row and he sees they still have such an opportunity.
"Every team has a chance to win the Premier League this season, we are prepared to make sure we win it again.''
''Last season there were teams that led the standing, but we finished as champions," Abdallah said.
"We are determined to make sure we do not drop points in our matches, to achieve the goals, we believe the squad will defend again the title and produce better displays."
Simba SC, which dropped two points after posting the barren draw with Mtibwa Sugar at Manungu Stadium last weekend, is positioned second behind the leader, Yanga.
The club has one match in hand against Kagera Sugar to be played at Kaitaba Stadium, in Bukoba, Kagera, on Wednesday.
Simba SC, moreover, has two matches against Tanzania Prisons and Mbeya Kwanza FC to complete the first round. Both fixtures are expected to be played next month in Dar es Salaam.