The Msimbazi giants will be crowned champions if they draw in their next league match against Coastal Union
Simba SC are one point away from retaining the Premier League title after a 2-0 win over KMC at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Wednesday.
The Msimbazi giants battled for victory after their 1-0 defeat to rivals Yanga SC in their Kariakoo derby, and it took them just two minutes to take a deserved lead after Chris Mugalu passed, and he added the second in the 44th minute. .
Had Simba won the derby, they would have been able to seal the title, but that was not the case and against KMC they needed a victory to stay on course.
Simba coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa chose to stay on the same side as he had to do Yanga, with goalkeeper Aishi Manula starting between the sticks while defending around Joash Onyango, Mohamed Hussein, Pascal Wawa and Shomari Kapombe turns.
It has the Reds from Msimbazi only two minutes to take the lead, Mugalu beats his markers after being run through by wing Luis Miquissone to beat veteran goalkeeper Juma Kaseja.
Simba continued to attack in search of more goals and in the 23rd minute Miquissone helplessly watched as his well-recorded attempt kissed the crossbar.
In the 34th minute, it was Larry Bwalya who got the chance to make it 2-0 after being put through by Miquissone, but he took too much time to make a decision and Kaseja ripped the ball out of his legs.
However, it did not take them much longer to extend the lead as Mugalu put the 2-0 halftime lead on the points ladder and took a lead from midfielder Clatous Chama.
In the second half, Simba continued to attack the home side and they had to take a 3-0 lead in the 56th minute, but Bwalya once again messed up a one-on-one situation with only Kaseja to beat.
An error by Kapombe in the Simba backline brought KMC almost back into the game in the 62nd minute when Hassan Kabunda put up Israel Mwenda, but his poor effort did not hurt goalkeeper Manula.
Despite the fact that KMC applied more pressure in the last 15 minutes, Simba stayed behind to clinch the victory and the important points.
Simba is now at 76 points, six more than their rivals Yanga, who is at 70, but the Msimbazi giants have a game in hand.
The draw for Simba against Coastal Union in their next league assignment will crown their champions for a fourth consecutive season.