Young Africans and Simba SC fans will have to wait longer for their teams to lock horns in one of the most exciting derbies on the continent.
The two Dar es Salaam clubs, which are as old as the Tanzanian football, will square up on October 10 at the 60,000-seater National Stadium. Simba will be hard-pressed to win the October encounter to avenge last season's defeats. They lost both matches by a margin of 2-0 with Yanga marching on to clinch the title for the second consecutive season.
Besides plotting the downfall of the Jangwani Street giants, Simba would also want rack up points that will help them in the title race having failed to win the league since the 2011/12 season.
The 2011/12 season was also their last to qualify for the Caf-organised club championships, dealing them a massive blow financially.
The 2016/17 Vodacom Premier League will kick off on August 20 with six matches on the cards.
However, the league kickoff will be preceded by a fast growing Dar derby between Yanga and Azam.
The two sides will duel in the Community Shield showdown, which marks the beginning of the new season. The match will take place on August 17 at the National Stadium.
On the opening day of the anticipated tough season, the fallen giants, Simba SC will host Ndanda FC at the National Stadium as last season's runners-up Azam FC welcome African Lyon at Azam Complex.
Others matches set for the day are Kagera Sugar versus Mbeya City (Kaitaba Stadium), Toto African vs Mwadui FC (Kirumba Stadium), Stand United vs Mbao (Kambarage Stadium) Mtibwa Sugar vs Ruvu Shooting (Manungu ground) and Majiamaji who will face Tanzania Prisons at Majimaji Stadium in Ruvuma.
Yanga, the defending champions, will start their title defence on August 31 with a match against JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium.
The match has been pushed back because Yanga will be facing TP Mazembe of DR Congo in the group B second leg of the Caf's Confederation Cup when the league kicks off.
Source: The Citizen.