SIMBA captain John Bocco said they will continue to take each game seriously in order to stand a good chance of defending the Mainland Premier League title.
The Msimbazi Street giants produced a narrow 1-0 win against Polisi Tanzania at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza over the weekend, which was enough to take them to 70 points at the peak of the table from 28 matches.
They sit six-point clear of second placed Young Africans, who have played 30 matches. However Yanga were set to face relegated Shinyanga based side Mwadui FC at the same venue late in the evening yesterday, meaning a win would see them closing the gap against Simba.
Luis Miquissone scored the solitary goal on for the game through a well calculated set piece in the 27th minute of the closely contested match, thereby enabling the reigning champions to keep peddling forward.
As it stands, the Msimbazi Reds just need two more victories to be declared season's champions for the fourth time in a row hence their next two fixtures will be crucial for them.
At a post-match briefing, Bocco narrated that it was too early to celebrate, saying that they will continue to fight hard in each game to get desired three points, which will propel them to retain the league silverware.
“The most important thing is to get three points because by doing that, we are getting closer to defend the league title that is why we must take every match seriously,” said Bocco.
He added that against Polisi Tanzania, everyone in the team had a good encounter; saying the presence of experienced players plus having quality players make them a competitive team.
Simba Assistant Coach Selemani Matola said the most important thing now to them is to get three points and the number of goals scored will be a bonus
He again pointed out that what they search for is just six points before they successfully accomplish their mission of retaining the championship for the fourth time in a row and their 22nd league title in history.
On his part, Polisi Tanzania skipper Pato Ngonyani said the main problem they had was lack of efficiency on the target.
“We were able to create many scoring chances but we could not turn them into goals. Since we have three more games to play, we will try our level best to stamp victories to go further on the league table,” Ngonyani said.
Up next, Simba will host Mbeya City tomorrow at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam in a match which has already been deemed as a do or die for the visiting side.
In order to cement their chances of top flight league survival next season, Mbeya City ought to win all their remaining three fixtures to be certain of featuring in the top flight next season; hence the game against defending champions will be a do or die for them.
Coming up, Polisi Tanzania will travel to Coast Region to face Ruvu Shooting on Thursday before hosting Kagera Sugar and Mwadui respectively.
From 31 games, Polisi Tanzania are placed eighth of the log with 41 points and they seem to be safe on the table as far as repelling relegation is concerned.