Tanzanian Premier League

Ligi Kuu Tanzania Bara
Founded 1963
Country Tanzania
Confederation Confederation of African Football
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Tanzanian First Division League
Domestic cup(s) Azam Sports Federation Cup
International cup(s) CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current champions Simba S.C.
(2017–18)
Most championships Young Africans S.C. (27)
Website www.tff.or.tz/vpl-standings/
2017–18 Tanzanian Premier League

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

The league has 16 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]

2017/18 season

The following teams are participating in the 2017–18 season of tbe premier league:[2]

2016/17 season

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

2015/16 season

The following 16 teams participated in the 2015/16 Tanzanian Premier League:[3]

2014/15 season

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.[4]

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2013/14 season

The following teams participated in the league:

2012/13 season

The following teams participated in the league:

2011/12 season

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2010/11 season

The following 12 teams participated in the league:

Previous winners

Previous champions are:[5]

  • 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: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1985: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1986: Tukuyu Stars (Mbeya)
  • 1987: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1988: Coastal Union S.C. (Tanga)
  • 1989: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1990: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1991: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1992: Young Africans S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 1993: Young Africans 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: Mtibwa Sugar F.C. (Morogoro)
  • 2000: Mtibwa Sugar F.C. (Morogoro)
  • 2001: Simba S.C. (Dar es Salaam)
  • 2002: Young Africans 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)

Performance by club

Club Winners
Young Africans S.C. 27
Simba S.C. (includes Sunderland) 19
Mtibwa Sugar F.C. 2
Tukuyu Stars S.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

Topscorers

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1997 Mohamed Hussein "Mmachinga"Young Africans26
2004 Abubakar Ally MkangwaMtibwa Sugar
2005 Abdallah JumaMtibwa Sugar25
2006 n/an/a
2007 MashikuSC United17
2007–08 Michael KatendeKagera Sugar
2008–09 Boniface AmbaniYoung Africans18
2009–10 Musa Hassan MgosiSimba18
2010–11 Mrisho NgasaAzam18
2011–12 John Raphael BoccoAzam19
2014–15 Simon Msuva[4]Young Africans
2017-18 Emmanuel OkwiSimba S.C.20

References

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