Young Africans Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Young Africans successfully defended their Tanzania Premier League title over the weekend.

The victors required only a superior goal difference over traditional arch rivals Simba to lift the trophy for the 27th time in as many years.

With both clubs tied on 68 points apiece from 30 games played, the title was decided by the goal margin.

Young Africans had a 43 goal difference as compared to Simba’s 33, a margin of 10 strikes to win on the final day of the season.

[/media-credit] Yanga SC 2016/17 lineup Credit: Yanga SC | Facebook

The two clubs were in a league of their own as the third placed Kagera Sugar finished a distant 15 points adrift.

Azam and Mutibwa Sugar Football Clubs finished 4th and 5th with 52 and 44 points respectively.

Uganda Cranes defender Murushid Jjuuko has been at Simba alongside former international midfielder Jackson ‘Mia Mia’ Mayanja who is assistant coach at the club.

Other Ugandas in the league are at Mbeya City.

Tito Okello and William Otongo helped Mbeya City survived relegation as they finished 11th with 33 points on the 16 team log.

It was a tight race against relegation as Ndanda, Mbao and Mbeya City all ended with 33 points.


JKT Ruvu (23 points), Toto Africans (29) and African Lyon (32) were all relegated to the second division league.

Young Africans will represent Tanzania at the 2017/18 CAF Champions league.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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