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Kariakoo Derby: Five key battles between Simba SC and Yanga SC

10:56 EAT 06/05/2021
Aishi Manula of Simba SC vs Yanga SC.
The two sworn rivals will meet on Saturday in the Tanzania Mainland League assignment with each team desperate for maximum points

  • Mohammed Hussein of Simba SC vs Kisinda of Yanga SC.

    ​Where will the game be won?

    Here is a list of five key areas that will influence the Kariakoo Derby.
  • Simba SC vs Yanga SC fans.

    ​Which set of fans will be the noisiest?

    This is the most crucial in any derby because it also affects at some point how the players perform. Both Wekundu wa Msimbazi and Timu ya Wananchi fans have to be at their best to cheer their respective teams to victory. In the end, the noisiest fans might have a positive influence on the team they support.
  • Aishi Manula of Simba SC vs Yanga SC.

    ​Manula vs Yanga forwards

    The Taifa Star has been at his best for Mnyama and played a huge role in helping the team concede just 10 goals this season. He will be up against Wananchi who have the second-best attack having scored 41 goals. Manula has to command his area effectively to ensure he keeps a clean sheet. 
  • Clatous Chama Simba SC 2021.

    Clatous Chama vs Saidi Ntibazonkiza

    These two players will have an influence on Saturday's game. Chama has this season managed 13 assists and seven goals which is a massive improvement from last season. On the other hand, despite playing just 453 minutes since joining Yanga, Ntibazonkiza has scored three goals. It will be interesting to see how he performs in his first derby.
  • Metacha Mnata of Yanga SC and John Bocco of Simba SC.

    ​Simba attackers vs Yanga defenders

    Wekundu wa Msimbazi have the best attack in the division. They have managed to score 58 goals with John Bocco, Meddie Kagere, Luis Miquissone, and Chama scoring joint 35 goals. On their part, Yanga have conceded 17 goals this season which gives Mnyama a chance. Wananchi have to be organised at the back to avoid conceding.
  • Simba SC coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa and Yanga coach Nabi.

    Da Rosa vs Nabi

    This will be the first Kariakoo Derby for both Didier Gomes Da Rosa and Nasreddine Nabi. It is a game they want to win because it will shape their career, especially in Tanzania. For Nabi, a win will retain the team's slim hopes of winning the league while a win for Da Rosa will potentially seal the league title for the fourth consecutive season.