Tanzanian Premier League

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Tanzanian Premier League
Founded1963; 58 years ago (1963), as National League
CountryTanzania
ConfederationConfederation of African Football
Number of teams18
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
(2020–21)
Most championshipsYoung Africans
Simba (22 titles each)
Websitetff.or.tz
Current: 2020–21 Tanzanian Premier League

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

Competition format[edit]

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

Starting from the 2018–19 season, the league is composed of 20 teams that play a double round-robin. The first place team qualifies for the CAF Champions League.

Since the 2015–16 season, the winner of the Tanzania FA Cup has qualified for the CAF Confederations Cup. Prior, the runner-up in the Premier League had qualified for the Confederations Cup. The bottom three finishers in the league are relegated to the First Division League for the following season.[1]

Champions[edit]

Wins by year[edit]

Previous champions are:[2]

  • 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: season cancelled
  • 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)
  • 2020–21: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)

Wins by club[edit]

Club Wins
Young Africans 22
Simba (includes Sunderland) 22
Maji Maji 3
Malindi 2
Prisons 1
Pan African 1
Azam 1
Cosmopolitans 1
Mseto Sports 1
Coastal Union 1
Pamba 1
KMKM 1

Top scorers[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
2012–13 Ivory Coast Kipre Tchetche Azam 17
2013–14 Burundi Amissi Tambwe Simba 19
2014–15 Tanzania Simon Msuva Young Africans 17
2015–16 Burundi Amissi Tambwe Young Africans 21
2016–17 Tanzania Simon Msuva Young Africans 14
2017–18 Uganda Emmanuel Okwi Simba 20
2018–19 Rwanda Meddie Kagere Simba 23
2019–20 Rwanda Meddie Kagere Simba 22
2020–21 Tanzania John Bocco Simba 16

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. ^ "Tanzania – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2011.

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