Simba’s charge towards the title was slowed down after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Lipuli.
The draw helped to extend their unbeaten run to 25 games however and move 12 points clear of second-placed Yanga who have three matches in hand.
With one eye on next Sunday’s Dar es Salaam derby with their arch rivals, Yanga, the Wekundu wa Msimbazi’s Head Coach Frenchman, Pierre Lechantre named a strong starting line-up which featured both Emmanuel Okwi and John Bocco up front.
Lipuli produced swift counterattacks to create a lot of chances in the first half through Malimi Busungu, Seif Kirihe and Salamba but they couldn’t take them.
It was March player of the month, Adam Salamba fired Lipuli FC ahead in the 31st minute with a curling effort which hit the post before slotting in to give the Iringa based side a deserved lead until the break.
Simba changed their three men defensive system in the second half by replacing Ugandan defender Juuko Murshid with Burundian striker Laudit Mavugo in order to add more firepower up front.
The tactic seemed to help Simba Mavugo headed in a Shomari Kapombe’s right foot corner in the 66th minute to level the tie.
Simba had a late chance through Shiza Kichuya but the midfielder could only curl his shot wide.
The result helps Lipuli remain safe in the Ligi Kuu with 32 points to their name, sitting eighth at the table in their debut season.
Meanwhile, Simba have to forget the result and turn their attention to the Dar es Salaam derby where they will play host to Yanga in a clash which is now set to be the title decider.