Tanzanian giants Simba SC have declared themselves to represent the East African nation in the Caf Champions League even if the Mainland Premier League is suspended.
Simba sits 17 points clear at the top of the league table with 71 points, while second-placed Azam FC are on 54 points from 28 games played so far.
This means that the ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’ just needs to get 15 points from their remaining games to be declared the season’s new champions if the league resumes.
According to Haji Manara the club’s information officer, they will have whatever it takes to feature in Caf competition next season.
“Some people are saying the league should be canceled and if this is the case, definitely, Simba will be named as the Mainland’s flag bearers in the Caf Champions League next season because we are currently leading the table,” Manara was quoted by Daily News.
“Again, if the league is not canceled, we are still better placed to be crowned champions.”
“Thereby fly the national colours high in the competition next term,” he added.
Simba performed poorly last season
Last season, Simba SC were eliminated in the preliminary round of the competition on an away goal rule.
They played to a goalless draw away to UD Songo of Mozambique in the first leg before being held to a one-all stalemate at home.
A late penalty by Erasto Nyoni was not enough to keep the Msimbazi Reds in the competition as Songo progressed to the next round on the away goal rule.
Luis Misquissone had scored UD Songo’s goal in the 14th minute of the first half.
Tanzanian side, however, could not recover until almost the last minute for Nyoni to score an equalizer which was not enough for them.
Their main aim, therefore, will be reaching the group stages of the competition next season.
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