Tanzanian Premier League

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Ligi Kuu Tanzania Bara
Founded1963
CountryTanzania
ConfederationConfederation of African Football
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toTanzanian First Division League
Domestic cup(s)Azam Sports Federation Cup
International cup(s)CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current championsSimba S.C.
(2019–20)
Most championshipsYoung Africans S.C. (22)
Websitetff.or.tz/ligi-kuu-tanzania-bara/
2019–20

The Tanzania Mainland Premier League ("Ligi Kuu Tanzania Bara" in Swahili) is the top-level professional football league in Tanzania and is administered by the Tanzania Football Federation. This league was created in 1965, when it was known as the "National League". Its name was changed later to the "First Division Soccer League" and changed again in 1997 to the "Premier League".

Format[edit]

Beginning from 2018/19 season, the league has 20 teams that play a double round-robin. The first place team qualifies for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League. Since the 2015/16 season, the winner of the Azam Sports Federation Cup has qualified for the CAF Confederations Cup. Before that season, the runner-up in the premier league had qualified for the Confederations Cup. The bottom three finishers in the premier league are relegated to the First Division League for the following season.[1]

2019/20 season[edit]

The match between the Young Africans and Simba SC drew an attendance of 58,400, the highest in the league. [2]

2018/19 season[edit]

The 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League was won by Simba SC.

2017/18 season[edit]

The following teams participated in the 2017–18 season.

Simba SC were the champions.[3]

2016/17 season[edit]

The following teams participated in the 2016/17 Tanzanian Premier League:[4]

2015/16 season[edit]

The following 16 teams participated in the 2015/16 Tanzanian Premier League:[5][6]

2014/15 season[edit]

Tanzanian Premier League match between Kagera Sugar and Mbeya City on 17 January 2015.

Young Africans S.C. won the 2014/15 season of the premier league. Azam F.C. finished second, with Simba S.C. finishing third and Mbeya City F.C. finishing fourth. The top goal scorer was Simon Msuva of the Young Africans team.[7][8]

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2013/14 season[edit]

The following teams participated in the league:

2012/13 season[edit]

The following teams participated in the league:

2011/12 season[edit]

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2010/11 season[edit]

The following 12 teams participated in the league:

Previous winners[edit]

Previous champions are:[9]

  • 1965: Sunderland (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1966: Sunderland (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1967: Cosmopolitans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1968: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1969: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1970: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1971: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1972: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1973: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1974: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1975: Mseto S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1976: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1977: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1978: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1979: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1980: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1981: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1982: Pan African S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1983: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1984: KMKM (Zanzibar)
  • 1985: Majimaji F.C. (Ruvuma)
  • 1986: Majimaji F.C. (Ruvuma)
  • 1987: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1988: Coastal Union S.C. (Tanga)
  • 1989: Malindi (Zanzibar)
  • 1990: Pamba (Mwanza)
  • 1991: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1992: Malindi (Zanzibar)
  • 1993: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1994: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1995: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1996: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1997: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1998: Majimaji F.C. (Ruvuma)
  • 1999: Prisons (Mbeya)
  • 2000: Young Africans S.C. (Dar Es Salaam)
  • 2001: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2002: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2003: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2004: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2005: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2006: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2007: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam) [mini-league]
  • 2007–08: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2008–09: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2009–10: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2010–11: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2011–12: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2012–13: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2013–14: Azam F.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2014–15: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2015–16: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2016–17: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2017–18: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2018–19: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2019–20: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners
Yanga SC 22
Simba S.C. (includes Sunderland) 21
Maji Maji F.C. 3
Malindi S.C. 2
Prisons F.C. 1
Pan African S.C. 1
Azam F.C. 1
Cosmopolitans F.C. 1
Mseto Sports S.C. 1
Coastal Union S.C. 1
Pamba S.C. 1
KMKM F.C. 1

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1997 Tanzania Mohamed Hussein "Mmachinga" Young Africans 26
2004 Tanzania Abubakar Ally Mkangwa Mtibwa Sugar
2005 Tanzania Abdallah Juma Mtibwa Sugar 25
2006 n/a n/a
2007 Tanzania Mashiku SC United 17
2007–08 Tanzania Michael Katende Kagera Sugar
2008–09 Kenya Boniface Ambani Young Africans 18
2009–10 Tanzania Musa Hassan Mgosi Simba 18
2010–11 Tanzania Mrisho Ngasa Azam 18
2011–12 Tanzania John Raphael Bocco Azam 19
2014–15 Tanzania Simon Msuva[7] Young Africans 17
2017-18 Uganda Emmanuel Okwi Simba 20
2018-19 Rwanda Meddie Kagere Simba 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Premier League". Tanzania Football Federation. 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. ^ Nnyanzi, Herman (2020-01-07). "[Uganda] USD: 234, 463 collected in Tanzania's Dar Derby". ZoneFoot. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  3. ^ "Tanzania (Mainland) 2017/18". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  4. ^ "Tanzania (Mainland) 2016/17". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  5. ^ "Vodacom Premier Legue 2015/16". FIFA. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Tanzania (Mainland) 2015/16". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  7. ^ a b "Vodacom set to award VPL champs Sh80m". The Citizen.
  8. ^ "Tanzania (Mainland) 2014/15". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  9. ^ "Tanzania – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2011.

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