Simba out to close title race

The match, which was previously penned for Wednesday this week, had been re-scheduled to give Simba chance to prepare for the first leg match of the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup against Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy slated for between April 27 and 29 in Dar es Salaam.

The red side of the Msimbazi Street will have one hand firmly gripped on the Premier League trophy if they garner maximum points against the unpredictable Moro United side. It would be a little premature to suggest that the title race is over, but a win against Moro United today could trigger bookmakers to start paying out on punters who put money on Simba winning the trophy that evaded last season.

A win would guarantee that Simba remain three points ahead of Azam FC in the title race with only one match to play. With a tricky looking fixture against Young Africans, who will be playing for honour having relinquished the title with three matches to go, Simba will need to win today and avoid huge pressure going into the final day of the season.

Simba head coach, Milovan Cirkovic, suggested last Wednesday that the team could rightly start celebrating winning the top flight silverware following his side’s 3-1 win over JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium. “I now more than before, think we are already champions…. we have just remained with two matches, so yes we will be champions,” Cirkovic exuded confidence.

Cirkovic’s statement was buoyed by confident displays his side put in the Wednesday match to silence JKT Ruvu, which seemingly did not put much fight in the entertaining game. Simba, however, should not expect an easy game against Moro United who have often proved a hard-nut to crack against the Msimbazi-Street outfit and will be expected to go all out and try to win the game as well.

Moro United currently sit third-bottom, hence three points today are of paramount importance if they should revive any
remaining hope to stay in the top division next season. The two sides shared the spoils following a 3-3 draw when they met in the first round match, with Simba forced to crawl back from 3-0 down.

Meanwhile, second-placed Azam FC will be looking to keep pace with leaders Simba when they entertain Mtibwa Sugar at the latter’s Chamazi Stadium on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam on Monday.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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