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Simba SC bags $43,000 from sponsor after winning Tanzania’s Premier League


Tanzanian club Simba Sports Club pocketed a cheque of Tsh100 million (just over $43,000) from its main sponsor, Sportpesa, after winning the Vodacom Premier League. COURTESY: TWITTER/Simba Sports Club

Simba Sports Club continued basking in their glory of winning Tanzania’s Vodacom Premier League after bagging a cheque of Tsh100 million (about $43,213) from its main sponsor, the betting firm, Sportpesa.

The windfall capped a joyous few days as Simba also defeated league title challengers Azam FC 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the semifinals of the Azam Sports Federation Cup.

Simba won the league on June 28 following a goalless draw away against Tanzania Prisons.

Simba has an unassailable 19-point lead with six games remaining over second-placed Young Africans who defeated struggling Ndanda and leapfrogged third-placed Azam who drew 1-1 against Biashara Mara United.

Azam who began the match week in second place needed to win to maintain their very slim hopes of beating Simba to the title.

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Deus Kaseke scored twice while Mrisho Ngassa netted the winner for Yanga in a thrilling game at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Abdul Hamis and Omary Mponda had given the visitors a shock 2-1 lead with barely 15 minutes on the clock.

Gershon Kabeja’s 90th-minute equalizer canceled out Frank Domayo’s opener as Biashara Mara United held Azam, who for a while now were simply delaying Simba’s confirmation as league winners.

In other games, bottom-of-the-table Singida United lost 3-2 to Lipuli while Ruvu Shooting and Namungo played out a 1-1 draw as did Kagera Sugar and 10-man Kinondoni MC. Mwadui and Alliance recorded 1-0 wins over Mtibwa Sugar and Coastal Union respectively.

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Peter Mapunda and Patson Shigala were both on target for Mbeya City who defeated JKT Tanzania 2-0 while second-from-bottom Mbao FC stunned Polisi Tanzania 1-0 thanks to Junior Waziri’s second half goal.

Tanzania became the second African country, after Burundi, to complete its top-tier domestic league despite the disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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