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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".

Ligi Kuu Tanzania Bara
Founded1963
CountryTanzania
ConfederationConfederation of African Football
Number of teams16
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.
(2018–19)
Most championshipsYoung Africans S.C. (27)
Websitetff.or.tz/ligi-kuu-tanzania-bara/
2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League

FormatEdit

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]

2017/18 seasonEdit

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

2016/17 seasonEdit

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

2015/16 seasonEdit

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

2014/15 seasonEdit

 
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.[4]

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2013/14 seasonEdit

The following teams participated in the league:

2012/13 seasonEdit

The following teams participated in the league:

2011/12 seasonEdit

The following 14 teams participated in the league:

2010/11 seasonEdit

The following 12 teams participated in the league:

Previous winnersEdit

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 clubEdit

TopscorersEdit

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1997   Mohamed Hussein "Mmachinga" Young Africans 26
2004   Abubakar Ally Mkangwa Mtibwa Sugar
2005   Abdallah Juma Mtibwa Sugar 25
2006 n/a n/a
2007   Mashiku SC United 17
2007–08   Michael Katende Kagera Sugar
2008–09   Boniface Ambani Young Africans 18
2009–10   Musa Hassan Mgosi Simba 18
2010–11   Mrisho Ngasa Azam 18
2011–12   John Raphael Bocco Azam 19
2014–15   Simon Msuva[4] Young Africans 17
2017-18   Emmanuel Okwi Simba S.C. 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the Premier League". Tanzania Football Federation. 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Vodacom Premier League". FIFA.
  3. ^ . FIFA https://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/nationalleagues/nationalleague=tanzania-premier-league-2000000151/standings/index.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Vodacom set to award VPL champs Sh80m". The Citizen.
  5. ^ "Tanzania – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2011.

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