IT will be a quiet weekend in Dar es Salaam this time around as the city’s giants; Simba and Young Africans will be away.
With both of them jumping the region’s boundaries, it literally means Uhuru Stadium, the venue that hosts the giants clash will be inactive throughout the round nine, hence Dar fans will be compelled to wait until the tenth round.
The only venue in the city that will entertain people during the incoming weekend is Chamazi Complex where the hosts Azam FC will welcome Ruvu Shooting as the former would like to consolidate their splendid start of the season.
The Ice-cream makers have drawn only one match at their backyard 0-0 against Simba and have managed to win the rest of their home fixtures by a solitary goal. Holders Yanga will be at Namfua Stadium in Singida facing the newly promoted Singida United who presently sit on the sixth position at the league table with 13 points from eight encounters.
Hans Van Pluijim charges will be looking to unveil their new arena with nothing less than a victory especially considering that their boss had a successful career at Yanga before crossing the line to the other side of the coin something which will make the game even harder.
Also, the interesting part of this match is that most key players at Yanga like Thabani Kamusoko and many others rose to fame during Pluijm’s era such that he knows them well.
His immediate successor George Lwandamina whose side occupies the second spot in the league standings on inferior goal difference to leaders Simba, will be eying to continue the unbeaten run of the season despite being held to a 1-1 draw by their traditional rivals Simba last Saturday at Uhuru Stadium in the city.
The Southern Highlands Zone which houses two mainland league teams namely Tanzania Prisons and Mbeya City has always been a hostile territory for Dar es Salaam teams and all three, Simba, Yanga and Azam know returning home with maximum points from two matches is not that easy.
Mbeya City who finished on 11th position last season with 33 points from 30 matches, will have to play lungs out so as to derail league toppers Simba on Sunday at Sokoine Stadium, Mbeya.
Lately, Mbeya City occupies 8th spot on the league pyramid after notching 11 points from eight outings. Coming fresh from bowing 1-0 to Azam FC last Friday at Azam Complex in the city, the Green city giants face a litmus test over Msimbazi based side who also enjoy eight-games unbeaten run so far.