A tribute to Yanga’s and Simba SC’s consistency

29Jun 2021
Lloyd Elipokea
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
A tribute to Yanga’s and Simba SC’s consistency

IT could be solidly argued that matters have unfolded ideally and optimally for those two venerated heavyweights of domestic football, Simba SC and Yanga.

Yanga’s forward, Yacouba Songne (2nd R), dribbles past Biashara United's center back, Lenny Kissu (2nd L), and midfielder, Ramadhan Chombo (L), in this season's Federation Cup's last four stage's match at Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in Tabora last week. Yanga won 1-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Indeed, despite the best efforts of Azam FC to clip the wings of Yanga and Simba SC this season, our two mammoth-sized clubs have confidently gone about their business unperturbed and as the season now eases into the home stretch, the Jangwani Street outfit and Msimbazi Street side have almost inevitably emerged as the two most supremely dominant outfits in national football.

Much the same picture could be painted about domestic football during the last several decades even despite the recent emergence of Azam FC as an intimidating force to be reckoned with on our home football patch.

This distinctly lopsided state of affairs speaks volumes about Yanga’s and Simba SC’s unassailable supremacy over local football.

Admittedly though, for the past four seasons or so, Simba SC have imperiously held sway over local football as their vice-like grip of the coveted Mainland Premier League trophy has remained unchallenged, even by their long-time nemeses Yanga.

However, despite Simba’s impressive supremacy during recent seasons, no one has been fooled in the slightest that Yanga has suddenly become a toothless giant.

Indeed, as this season’s ding-dong title battle reliably shows, Yanga has determinedly had Simba SC firmly in their sights thus far this term.

This can be unerringly seen in events that happened just last week.

For example, it emerged last week that come July 3, this year, Simba SC will be able to incontestably sew up the title race if they manage to outperform their ferocious rivals Yanga in the much-famed ‘Dar es Salaam Derby’.

Furthermore, following their respective triumphs last weekend in the Azam Sports Federations Cup (nicknamed the ‘FA Cup’) semi-finals, it has emerged that Yanga will face-off against Simba SC in the FA Cup finale, which will expectedly be a bona fide battle royal.

Nevertheless, Dear Reader, the begging pertinent question is, why should Yanga’s and Simba SC’s decades-old dominance be celebrated?

Well, the rejoinder is that other behemoths in other African countries have proven unable to maintain Yanga’s and Simba SC’s matchless dominance.

A veritable example of this phenomenon has been the well-chronicled woes of Soweto juggernauts Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in South African football.

Indeed, despite the rich pedigree and lustrous history of both Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, both clubs have haplessly failed to lay their hands on the cherished league title in South African football’s top flight for several years now.

Instead, it has been Mamelodi Sundowns who have been fantastically ruling the roost in South Africa’s esteemed top-tier league during the last several years.

Now, this is not to make the asinine suggestion that Chiefs and Pirates have ceased to be veritable and perennial high fliers on South Africa’s football scene.

Indeed, such a suggestion would be patently false. Rather, the point I am struggling to make is that compared to Simba SC’s and Yanga’s respective mighty haul of trophies, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have experienced much leaner times during the past few decades or so.

In light of this, there can be no disputing the glaring fact that Simba SC’s and Yanga’s amazing consistency has been nothing short of spectacularly brilliant.