SIMBA deserves congratulations for successfully defending the Mainland Premier League title which is now in their hand for fourth time. Without doubt, the Msimbazi Street Reds had a marvelous season as they performed well in both domestic and International assignments they were exposed to; no wonder winning back the top flight league was easy for them.
The quality players they have in their squad was one of the propelling factors, which contributed a lot to their bright run hence; a side which was hard to beat by many teams which came on their way.
All good statistics of last season’s top flight league have gone to Simba’s way, it is another signal that the Reds were simply superior to the rest as such; they surely need to be commended for their splendid performance.
For instance, out of 34 matches played, they won 26 games more than any other team on the log, registered five draws, three losses and above all scored a total of 78 goals while conceding only 14 goals in the process.
Additionally, Didier Gomes side accumulated 83 points throughout the games they played to create a nine-point gap superiority over their closest challengers and traditional rivals; Young Africans who ended the season with 74 points.
Again, their midfielder dynamo, Clatous Chama led to assist chart 15 times to his name and he is trying to defend his player of the season honour, after he outshined Yanga defender Bakari Mwamnyeto and Azam’s defender Nicholas Wadada.
However, the success of Simba should not be used as a threat to others but rather a challenge to them to make adequate preparations ahead of the upcoming season so that they can too dine on champions table.
Going to the other side of the coin, Simba made headlines across the continent following their bright campaign in the CAF Champions League (CAF CL)-a contest, whose winner has gone to the Egyptian Al Ahly for the second time back to back.
It should be noted the country’s envoys were just one step closer to the semifinals of the continent’s club football showpiece as they narrowly lost 4-3 on aggregate to Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa.
Packed in group A which was practically considered as the group of death, Simba shrugged off that and went on to top the group after gathering 13 points from six games they played, while the current champions were second after garnering 11 points from the same number of duels.
All these big achievements did not come on easily but prior to the competition, they set up objectives of which level they should reach and they were simply following that path.
Another good lesson to learn here prior to the commencement of the next season is for teams to be able to draw lines where, they ought to reach as far as parading in the top flight league is known.
It becomes unfortunate to see that some teams despite having good backing from their owners fail to take advantage of that and they end up being squeezed into the relegation door.
Three teams which got sucked into the relegation hole included JKT Tanzania, Gwambina and Ihefu and all had what it takes to escape jumping into the First Division League (FDL), where the fight for promotion is stiffer than anticipated.
The trio had a lot to showcase in the league next season but failed to plan well to stamp victories in their remaining fixtures thereby ending up capsizing before showing people what they were good at.
But, since this is a league, it is therefore inevitable for some teams to be demoted to the FDL since it gives an opportunity for fresh blood to come in and provide new challenges in the contest.
There are all signs of the brighter next season as sponsors there are prospects that the top flight league with be highly competitive basing on the level of investment from Azam Media Limited who will be giving bonuses to all teams basing on the position they occupy.
This will help to ease the burden that many teams especially those which are financially unstable since the amount to be released will cater for key financial needs of the respective clubs. It should be always noted that running a club is very expensive as people who are involved in one way or the other have to get paid to execute their responsibilities well.
Also, the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) which is obliged to oversee the running of all football leagues in the country should, if possible, prepare workshops aimed at providing knowledge on how clubs can attract sponsors to invest in their teams.