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Simba, Yanga test mettle in U-20 battle

Simba, Yanga test mettle in U-20 battle


SIMBA and Young Africans face-off in a junior traditional derby match of the best eight of Under-20 Premier League at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam from 9:00pm today.

Both teams which are packed in group A of the league alongside JKT Tanzania and Mwadui will be searching for maximum three points to boost their chances of clinching the championship.

The first game will see JKT Tanzania taking on Mwadui FC at the same venue from 7:00pm in another thrilling match of the competition.

Matches in group B of the league will continue tomorrow, whereby Tanzania Prisons will host Kagera Sugar (7:00pm),  while the late encounter will pit Azam versus Mtibwa Sugar (9:00pm).

On Saturday, Yanga will welcome JKT Tanzania (7:00pm) and thereafter, Simba will host Mwadui (9:00pm) to complete group A fixtures.

The league will continue on Sunday whereby Tanzania Prisons will entertain Mtibwa Sugar (7:00pm) and the final match to wind up group B fixtures will see Kagera Sugar taking on Azam.

Two best teams in each group will quality into the semifinals slated to be played on June 17th this year and the finals have been scheduled on June 19th this year with all the games unfolding at the artificial turf of Azam Complex.

Speaking ahead of the match, Simba Under-20 Coach Nico Kiondo narrated that it will be a difficult match to both teams but insisted that to his side, they have had adequate preparations.

"Yanga have a good team but I believe that we are much better than them and we are looking forward to win the game," he said.

His counterpart for Yanga Said Maulid said their mission is to do well in all their upcoming fixtures to win the championship.

"We want to break Mtibwa Sugar record of winning this league several times that is why this season, we are not leaving any stone unturned. We are ain good shape, as far as preparations are concerned," he said.

Whenever these teams meet at all stages, they usually catch attention of many football fans basing on the traditional rivarly nature of their senior teams.

For instance, when Yanga Princes and Simba Queens played in the Serengeti Lite Women's Premier League (SLWPL), they usually attract much attention from people and their matches are always tense.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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