Simba SC seeks supremacy in VPL

27May 2020
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC seeks supremacy in VPL

MAINLAND Premier League defending champions, Simba SC, have said they are targeting to lift the domestic top flight silverware for 10 years in a row.

Simba players take part in training in Dar es Salaam recently to shape up for the Vodacom Premier League. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

The Dar es Salaam side has won the league's trophy for the past two years.

Simba's Information Officer, Haji Sunday Manara, stated they have no doubt they will win the league's trophy this season, insisting they are simply waiting for the time to lay their hands on the trophy.

They are lately holding the top spot in the top flight after recording 71 points in 28 games, with 10 duels left.

Simba have notched 23 victories, suffered three defeats and managed draw in two duels.

Azam FC, deemed Simba's closest challengers, are placed second in the log after posting 54 points in 28 outings.

"It is a matter of time, we will win the top honour and, should it please President John Magufuli, we are planning to take the trophy to his home, Chato, because we will have won it for the third year in a row,'' the Simba official stated.

He said they are confident they will lift the silverware given they have a strong squad, with each of the team's players being in fine form.

"Some of our players are outside Tanzania, but procedures are in place to see to it players, including Meddie Kagere, Francis Kahata and Sharaf Shiboub, that are in their respective countries, make their way back,'' he disclosed.

Kagere had gone to his home country, Rwanda, whilst Shiboub and Kahata headed to Sudan and Kenya respectively after the indefinite suspension of sporting activities, put in place in a bid to fight Coronavirus disease.

The top flight is set to resume as President Magufuli granted permission for restart of sporting activities, starting with soccer tournaments, from June 1.

Meanwhile, reports from Rwanda have it Kagere has been given special permission by his country's government to jet into Tanzania and join his club.

Rwanda has closed its borders with neighbouring countries in an effort to fight Coronavirus disease.

Rwandan coach, Thierry Hitimana, who coaches Mainland Premier League's Namungo FC, has also got the special permission to join his club.

A Rwandan sports journalist, Claver Kazungu, disclosed Kagere received the permission and started procedures for his trip to Dar es Salaam.

The reports said Kagere had a brief stay in Mwanza yesterday and is set to make his way to Dar es Salaam today.

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