The Tanzanian league defending champions, Yanga Sports Club have the opportunity to inch closer to fulfilling their plan to defend the Mainland Premier League’s top honour as they host Mbeya City at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.
It is yet another crucial game for Yanga, who are in a tight battle for the title with rivals, Simba and a win is a must for the former if they are to stay within reach of the trophy.
Yanga had, until yesterday, been occupying the top position in the league with 62 points from 27 games.
Simba also have collected 62 points but have been positioned second because of an inferior goal difference. The team had the opportunity to secure the top spot as it hosted Stand United at the same venue yesterday.
The Jangwani Street side will take the pitch brimming with confidence, given it grabbed victory in two previous games at the National Stadium in the city.
The team cruised to a 2-0 win over Prisons on May 6 and, thereafter registered a 2-1 win over Kagera Sugar.
Yanga fans will, certainly, be pinning their hopes on the outfit’s reliable goal getters that include Aubrey Chirwa and Simon Msuva to steer their team to victory.
It will also be an opportunity for Yanga to revenge for their defeat to the visitors in the first phase match at the Sokoine Stadium last year.
Mbeya City, who have been placed eighth with 33 points from 28 games, will be eager to inflict yet another defeat on their opponents and frustrate the latter’s attempt to inch closer to the top honour.
The Mbeya outfit is expected to line up, among others, Zahoro Pazi, Ditram Nchimbi and former Yanga striker, Mrisho Ngasa, to register a win over their opponents.
Mbeya City’s head coach Kinnah Phiri had disclosed his team will give its all in the game in an effort to silence Yanga.