THE Mainland Premier League title race looks set to go down to the wire, with all three top places sides, Simba, Azam FC and Young Africans eager to avoid a slip-up which could derail their chances and hand the advantage to their rivals.
Didier Gomes’ Simba Sports Club have sat atop the Mainland Premier League for less than four days ago with 58 points, but now just one point separates them with second placed leaders Young Africans at the top.
They will be in action today in their bid to widen gap with their traditional rivals Yanga as they welcome Dodoma Jiji at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in their night date.
The league has of recent seen shock results with giants either drawing or losing and this means that there is no guarantee for the top place so far.
Yanga were on Sunday surprised with a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Azam FC to drop three points infavour of other current challengers of three-horse race who fight got both league leadership and the title.
The win had on the other hand enabled Azam to cement their third spot as well as reducing the gap with second placed Yanga with the difference of just three points.
The defeat has however not removed Yanga from the title race as they stay optimistic that it is still open to any team that will eventually triumph in the remaining league matches.
As the fight for the league title rages on, Simba are in full squad to face Dodoma Jiji, powered by their consecutive hauling of nine points in their recent Lake Zone league tour.
As they are refreshing their 1-0 hard win over Gwambina FC in Mwanza, the reigning champions will be set to maintain their winning spree, determined to teach the visitors a ‘lesson’ while in Dar es Salaam.
However, the visitors, who are making their maiden appearance in the league will be all out to secure three points to add their tally to 41 points and leapfrog KMC to jump into fifth place.
Dodoma Jiji recently drew 2-2 with Azam in their last Premier league outing that came after their 1-0 defeat from Namungo.
Ahead of the match, Simba have urged their fans to show up at the Stadium in a large number to support the team and make sure that they secure three vital points and cement their top place in their quest to win back-to-back title in four seasons.
Gomes’ side hopes their today’s win coupled with Young Africans dropping points to Azam would increase the gap at the top of the table.
Simba have been in great form in both domestic and their CAF Champions League Group stage assignments, claiming the league top position with tremendous momentum.
They have an advantage against other title challengers in contention as they mathematically have four matches in spare to level matters with Azam FC and three matches in hand to level matters with Young Africans from their 28 and 27 matches, respectively.
Gomes, who joined Simba during their half way mission in CAF Champions League is adamant that his side will defend the title as winning is his first priority because of the quality players he has in the likes of Meddie Kagere, John Bocco who have 11 and ten goals, respectively.
The list includes in-form Clatous Chama, Bernard Morrison and others to mention but a few.