Dar es Salaam. The big guns of mainland Tanzania, Simba, Yanga and Azam Football Club, have renewed their rivalry to secure the top two places in the Continental Premier League to participate in the next edition of the African Champions League.
Mainland Tanzania is one of 12 countries allowed to field two teams in the African Champions League and two other teams in the African Confederations Cup.
The three teams are fighting for the title of the Mainland Premier League. Simba leads with 67 points in 27 matches while Yanga is second with 61 points and Azam FC is third with 60 points.
Any team in the top three can win the Mainland League title according to the league standings.
So far, Simba has a great chance of winning the title if he wants to win three games and record a draw to collect 10 points.
Yanga and Azam FC will have to stretch their muscles to win the league title and participate in the African Champions League, although they have already secured CAF places.
The league is currently on an international hiatus as the national soccer team Taifa Stars take on Malawi in the international friendly on Sunday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
The last appearances of both teams in the continental championships date back to 2019.
According to CAF, Tanzania is ranked 12th with 27.5 points, dropping Libya which occupied the position.
The other countries which will field four teams (two in the African Champions League and two in the African Confederations Cup) are Morocco with 173 points, Egypt (163.5 points) and Tunisia with 131 points.
Also, on the list with their points in parentheses are Algeria (104), South Africa (88.5), DR Congo (75), Guinea (38), Nigeria (37.5), Zambia (35), Angola (31.5) and Sudan with 30 points.