Azam and Simba in action as fight for Champions League spot intensifies

Dar es Salaam. The race to secure second place and represent the country in the next edition of the CAF Champions League for Azam FC and Simba continues today as the Tanzania Continental Premier League progresses at three different venues.

Azam FC, currently in second place, will take on JKT Tanzania at the Major Isamuhyo ground in Mbweni, Dar es Salaam, from 4pm, while Simba will host Geita Gold FC at the Azam Complex from 7:00 p.m.

Another match will be between Kagera Sugar and Coastal Union, scheduled to start at 7pm at Kaitaba Stadium, Kagera. Currently, Azam FC are in second place with 60 points from 27 matches, as is Simba who are in third place, but the two teams differ on goal difference. Azam FC has a goal difference of 34, while Simba has a goal difference of 28.

Yanga has already won the title with a total of 71 points, something that none of the 15 participating teams can achieve.

Based on the current Tanzania Mainland Premier League standings, it is clear that Azam FC and Simba need wins in today’s matches to remain competitive for second place and qualify for the African Champions League next season.

However, Azam and Simba today face difficult challenges due to the positions of the teams they face. JKT Tanzania, who will face Azam FC, are currently in ninth place with 31 points after 27 matches and need a win to avoid relegation.

Depending on the classification, 11 teams can face relegation or play in the playoff phase against the winner between Mara’s Biashara United and Mbeya Kwanza, who are currently in that phase of the championship league.

For now, Mashujaa, in 13th place with 26 points, and Tabora United, with 26 points in 14th place, have a good chance of playing in the playoff phase for the Tanzanian Mainland Premier League teams.

As for Geita Gold FC, who will face Simba today, they need a victory to avoid relegation.

So far, Geita Gold FC has accumulated 25 points and can reach a total of 34 points, which could save them from relegation.

Azam FC assistant coach Youssoupha Dabo said the match is going to be very tough, but added that his players are in high spirits to face the challenge. He said JKT Tanzania is a strong team but their main task is to win the match and improve their chances in the league standings.

“We will have to play with determination against JKT Tanzania, who are a strong team,” said Dabo.

JKT Tanzania head coach Malale Hamsini said he is confident his team will win the match.

“I really want to win this match. My players will be 100 percent committed on the field. I understand that we are going to face one of the best teams in the league, so we have to be perfect,” Hamsini said.