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  • Simba coach Patrick Aussems also predicted a tough match, but remained optimistic that it will produce positive results for his team.

Dar es Salaam. With Mainland Premier League title rivals Young Africans not in action today, leaders Simba can open a four-point lead at the summit should they beat Azam FC.

The clash kicks off at 4pm at Uhuru Stadium in the city.

Simba sit at the top of the 20-team league with 81 points from 32 points, one ahead of their nearest challengers Yanga, who have so far played 35 games.

Azam FC, on the other hand, will be seeking a win that will help them close gap on second-placed Yanga to nine points.

The ice cream makers are placed third with 68 points from 35 matches.

A win for Azam will also be a sweet revenge against title-holders Simba, who beat them 3-1 in the first round of the top flight on February 22 at the National Stadium.

Despite the expected full tactical game, players like Donald Ngoma and Obrey Chirwa will likely lead Azam’s striking force in the match.

Ngoma and Chirwa joined the team the Chamazi-based side this season from Yanga.

Team coaches Abdul Mingange and Idd Cheche have expressed optimism that the eagerly awaited clash will produce positive results for their team. Azam leadership named Mingange and Cheche as the team’s coaches a few months ago in efforts to turn around the club’s fortunes.

Azam sacked Dutch tactician Hans Van Pluijm and his assistant trainer Juma Mwambusi following a series of poor results in the league.

“It is an important match for us. Simba are a good team, but we are ready for the challenge,” said Mingange.

Simba coach Patrick Aussems also predicted a tough match, but remained optimistic that it will produce positive results for his team.

“We know that we must win tomorrow’s (today’s) match if we are to remain serious contenders for the title,” he said.

Simba also need a win so as to appease their fans who were left disgruntled after the Msimbazi Street giants lost 1-0 to Kagera Sugar on Friday.