Dar es salaam’s arch rivals Simba and Yanga head into the eagerly awaited premier League clash which could decide the title race this season.
This will be a tough game due to the current Premier League standing. With seven matches to go, Yanga have 48 points, 11 behind the League leaders Simba with five games remaining.
Ahead of the game, both teams were held in their respective League games last weekend. While Simba had a late equalizer from Lipuli FC on Saturday, Yanga were denied a victory by 10-man Mbeya City in injury time on Sunday.
This is much similar to the reverse fixture in October were both teams had a 4-0 victory a weekend before their meeting.
Ahead of this latest showdown, Goal selects a combined XI from those who expected to be available for the match.
Aishi Manula (Simba ), it is an easy decision to select Manula ahead of Yanga’s Youthe Rostand. Manula has a had very good season since he joined Simba prior to this season.
Did you know? Manula has kept 18 clean sheets in 24 Vodacom Premier League games.
Shomari Kapombe (Simba) , arguably the toughest choice of all comes in the right full-back spot, where Hassan Kessy and Kapombe have been the two best performers recently.
However, Kapombe gets the nod in this side due to the influence he adds since his return from injury, starting nearly every game with most assists than Kessy.
Yusuph Mlipili (Simba) , the young star defender, joined Simba prior to this season, started the season slow but regained his form that gave him a regular starting spot under Frenchman Pierre Lechatre.
Kelvin Yondani (Yanga), has become one of Tanzania's top flight most consistent performers.
He keeps performing season after season and he is one among important players in Yanga’s squad this season especially at the back.
Asante Kwasi (Simba) , in a straight head to head with Gadiel Michale or Hajji Mwinyi, Simba’s left-back gets the nod for his superior positioning and greeter speed. Has cut out the silly mistakes.
Did you know? Asante Kwasi has seven goals, more than any defender in the Premier League.
James Kotei (Simba) , the Ghanaian allows Jonas Mkude to drift forward whenever he pleases, and his work rate and stamina allows his full backs to bomb forward as well, without worrying about gaps being exploited behind.
Jonas Mkude (Simba) His unfussy style might lack excitement and dynamism, but he is efficienct and it gets him picked in this team as well.
Papy Tshishimbi (Yanga) , very much like Mkude, Tshishimbi’s dependable game usually wins a place at the heart of Yanga’s midfield. Rarely wastes a pass with his quick mind and neat feet.
Shiza Kichuya (Simba) , impossible to leave out Ibrahim Ajib out even if he is waiting to find top gear. However, Kichuya can defend, can surge forward and scores goals, this has earned him a spot in this team.
John Bocco (Simba) , after early season’s shameful troubles, the big striker has returned to something like his old form. That great energy and desire is a powerful weapon that no defender in Ligi Kuu would enjoy facing.
Emmanuel Okwi (Simba) , Walks in this side after giving Simba a different dimension. Of his 19 goals, many have come at crucial times to make real difference. A class act. How Simba supporters must wish they had signed him before this season.