Simba host Yanga this Sunday evening as they look to cement their hold on the first place in the Premier League.
Victory for Simba will all but seal their fate as champions this season while defeat would see them dent their title hopes as they seek their first Ligi Kuu title in five seasons.
Many see the match as a battle between attack and defense as Simba’s free-scoring forwards meet Yanga’s miserly backline.
But it seems to be one of the most unpredictable games of the season, with no one able to decide which style will win out.
In the reverse fixture the two teams played a 1-1 draw at the Benjamini Mkapa National Stadium in October. Shiza Kichuya who has now scored three goals in this fixture since he joined Simba last season, fired the Wekundu wa Msimbazi ahead but Yanga’s Obrey Chirwa equalized in less than one minute.
Ahead of the latest showdown, Goal takes a look at the important statistics between the two teams.
Simba SC–Yanga SC rivalry
The Simba SC–Yanga SC rivalry, also known as the Kariakoo Derby, is a high-profile inter-city rivalry between Tanzania professional association football clubs Simba and Yanga.
It is considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in association football in Africa along with the Soweto Derby in the Republic of South Africa (Kaizer Chief vs Orlando Pirates), Cairo Derby in Egypt (Al Ahly vs Zamaleck) and is considered the most famous fixture in Tanzania football.
This is will be 100th meetings between Simba and Yanga in league competition since 1965. In their past 99 matches, Yanga have won 36 to the Simba’s 26 while there have been 37 draws.
The Biggest victory
The biggest victories have been to Simba, who have won 6–0 in the official league in July 19, 1977 where Abdallah Kibadeni grabbed the only hat trick of this fixture.
In 2012, Simba won 5-0 but the 1977’s victory remain as the biggest triumph.
Most trophies won
The two clubs are the most successful Tanzania teams in both domestic and African competitions; and between them they have won 45 league titles and 11 CECAFA region cups (Kagame).
Each club can claim historical supremacy over the other, Yanga for their 27 league titles to Simba's 18 and Simba for being champions Kagame Cup six times to Yanga's five.
Yanga have won more total trophies than Simba, and they also lead the Wekundu wa Msimbazi in so-called "major" honors as well.
Players to watch
Shiza Kichuya - Simba need Kichuya to continue his fine run. As it has been in the past matches, he will have the same opportunity to push Simba’s attack forward. If Simba will play John Bocco as the number nine and Emmanuel Okwi on the left, he will create chaos in Yanga’s box.
Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja” - If he gets the chance to start in the Dar es Salaam derby, it will be his fifth start in a row for the first time since he joined Yanga from Zanzibar early this season.
The fixture against Simba will be a test to his mind and body after a shaky start to life at the Jangwani based club. If he manages to neutralize John Bocco, he will have another keepsake to his stellar break-out season.
Predicted starting line-up
Simba, 3-4-3 : Aishi Manula, Nicholas Gyan, Yusuph Mlipili, Juuko Murshid, Erasto Nyoni, Asante Kwasi, Jonas Mkude, James Kotei, Shiza Kichuya, John Bocco, Emmanuel Okwi
Yanga, 4-3-3: Youthe Rostand, Hassan Kessy, Kelvin Yondani, Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja”, Gadiel Michael, Juma Said, Papy Tshishimbi, Pius Buswita, Yusuph Mhilu, Obrey Chirwa, Ibrahim Ajib