Simba have been crowned champions of Tanzania, the first nation in Africa to restart their league after a three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Like every Africa country except Burundi – who continued playing while Covid-19 spread – Tanzania suspended football in mid-March to combat the deadly virus.
Simba held a commanding 17-point lead when the championship resumed this month and sealed a third consecutive title despite being held 0-0 at home by mid-table Prisons.
The point took the Dar es Salaam outfit to 79 points, 19 clear of arch-rivals Young Africans with six rounds to play.
Simba and Dar es Salaam neighbours Yanga have dominated Tanzanian football during the past decade, winning nine of the 10 title races.
But neither side has made an impact in the CAF Champions League with Simba suffering a shock preliminary round defeat to UD Songo of Mozambique last season.
Last Sunday’s third consecutive league win is Simba’s 21st overall in the Tanzanian Premier League’s 55-year history. Young Africans holds the record of 22 league titles. – Agencies