Simba vs Yanga: Team news, injuries and lineups

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Simba welcome Yanga in the most eagerly awaited Premier League match of the season

Simba welcome Yanga to the Benjamini Mkapa National Stadium in the most eagerly awaited Premier League match of the season as Pierre Lechantre's side aim to win the tie in order to  clinch the title from their fierce rivals.

Yanga come into the 100th derby knowing that only a victory will keep Simba waiting for at least a few weeks to be names champions, as well as sparing any potential blushes by denying Simba the title on their watch.

Simba head into the game knowing that three points would make them potential Premier League champions for the first time after five seasons. What better way to clinch the crown than by beating your local rivals?

This Simba side could arguably go down as one of the greatest that we have seen in the history of the game, having produced a lucid blend of attacking football and periods of total dominance on the pitch.

Highlights of the campaign have included a 25-match unbeaten run that has stretched back since the begin of the season, while the exploits of Emmanuel Okwi, John Bocco and Shiza Kichuya have dominated many of the back pages throughout the campaign.

Looking at the game itself, Simba have plenty of work to do as Lechantre's men came horribly unstuck after being held by Lipuli at Iringa.

However, football often offers plenty of opportunities to right your wrongs in quick succession, and this fixture presents a glorious chance to banish some of those Iringa demons by beating their arch rivals to clinch the 19th title.

The two clubs have taken part in 99 Premier League encounters since the birth of the league in 1965, where Yanga have tended to dominate with 36 wins during the period.

Recent history has often favoured Simba, however, who will be aiming to embarrass their rivals with the grandest of gestures come Sunday evening.

Simba’s recent league form DWWWW

Yanga head into the contest with the main motivation of preventing disasters following a season that has been colored by varying inconsistencies.

The Jangwani club are without a head coach following a sudden departure of Zambian, George Lwandamina early on this month. The team is under caretaker coaches Noel Mwandila and Shadrack Nsajigwa who led Yanga in the past four matches of all competitions.

However, Yanga have edged closer to announce Congolese, Mwinyi Zahera as their new head coach but it will not be on time for the Sunday tie.

Yanga’s recent league form DDWWW

Team News

Simba have no fresh injuries ahead of the game, with Haruna Niyonzima the only key absente after attending the funeral of his late sister in Rwanda.

Yanga are set to welcome three players who were absent in the last couple of the games. Vicente Andrew, Ibrahim Ajib and Papy Tshishimbi were all involved in full training this week and they could make the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Amis Tambwe and Donald Ngoma who were joined the rest of the squad in the training in Morogoro will not be available according to Yanga’s spokesman Dismas Teni.

Simba’s possible starting line-up

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Aishi Manula, Nicholas Gyan, Erasto Nyoni, Yusuph Mlipili, Juuko Murshid, Asante Kwasi, Jonas Mkude, Shomari Kampombe, Shiza Kichuya, John Bocco, Emmanuel Okwi

Yanga’s possible starting line-up

Youthe Rostand, Hassan Kessy, Vicent Andrew, Kelvin Yondani, Gadiel Michale, Juma Said, Papy Tshishimbi, Pius Buswita, Yusuph Mhilu, Obrey Chirwa, Ibrahim Ajib