Ranking the Top 5 Best football clubs in Tanzania Statistically in 2021.
The bragging rights as it relates to the best football clubs has been up for debate for a very long time.
Tanzanian football since its inception has been heavily dominated by two teams which have also continued until the modern era of football in the country.
Tanzania is currently one of the most interesting hubs for football in East Africa, gradually gaining lots of attention across Africa.
This will not be unconnected with the recent success achieved by Simba Sports Club in the african continental Competition most especially the CAF Champions League.
Another side that has also made the spotlight most especially in the old days on the continent is Young Africans.
Today young Africans remains the major Competitions in the country.
Other teams in the country with notable performance including Azam, Mtibwa Sugar etc.
Top 5 best football clubs in Tanzania
1. Simba SC
Titles: 49 Trophies
Premier League: 22
FA Cup: 3
Community Shield: 9
CECAFA Club Championship: 6
Simba SC is the best football club in Tanzania with numerous honours domestic and internationally.
Today, Simba SC prides itself as the Tanzanian premier club that has turned out to be the best football club in continental Football Competition including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.
The success achieved by the club is remarkable and have further exposed the Competitiveness of the domestic league.
They are one of the two biggest Football clubs in Tanzania in history and the modern era of football in the country.
The success of Simba SC goes beyond the domestic scene, the club won over six CECAFA Club Championship which is East Africa’s regional club Competitions and have been recognized as one of the best in the region.
Simba has won twenty-one Tanzania Premier League titles, Three Tanzania FA Cups, Three Nyere Cups, Nine Community Shields amongst other notable trophies.
At the continental stage, the club were runners in the 1993 CAF Confederations Cup.
2021 marked a remarkable another year in the history of Simba SC, finish top of Group A in the CAF Champions League ahead of legendary side Al Ahly Egypt.
2. Young Africans
Premier League: 22 (National record)
FA Cup: 3
Community Shield: 5
CECAFA Club Championship: 5
Yanga SC in terms of domestic league titles is the most successful haven won twenty-one titles slightly above Simba SC with a single trophy difference.
Young Africans used to be the most mentioned Tanzanian Football club internationally and are still popular side until today even though Simba SC is currently ahead of them based on recent performance at the continental level.
Young Africans are the premiere Football Club of East Africa and remain one of the major contenders of the league.
The club has also won the CECAFA Club Championship five times most recently in 2012. Other notable trophies including FA Cup (5), Community Shield (5), Nyerere Cup (3).
It was more popular in colonial times and until today, the one of the most decorated Football Club in Tanzania and East Africa alongside Simba SC, Al-Merrikh, Al-Hilal Omdurman, etc.
3. Azam FC
Titles: 3 Trophies
Premier League: 1
CECAFA Club Championship: 2
Azam is a professional football club based in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam and competes in the Ligi Kuu Bara.
After moving to the top flight during 2008–09, Azam enjoyed a historic achievement by finishing second on the league standings, thus earning one of the slots for the CAF Confederations Cup the following year.
Against all odds, Azam lifted the 2014 Tanzania Premier League and have since continued to match the high standard set by Simba and Young Africans.
The club has also won the CECAFA Club Championship two times.
After the two biggest clubs in the country, Azam is the next big name on the list and have continued to match the Competition in the country.
4. Mtibwa Sugar F.C.
Titles: 3 Trophies
Premier League: 2
FA Cup: 1
Mtibwa Sugar Football Club based in Turiani and competes in Premier League.
Mtibwa Sugar is another top performers in the country’s Football history winning two league titles back to back between 1999 and 2000.
Today, it is one of the only sides that have been able to defend the league title in the country after Simba and Young Africans.
Mtibwa Sugar has also won the Tanzania FA Cup in 2018.
5. Prisons F.C
Premier League: 1
Ruvu Stars is a professional Tanzania club based in Mbeya.
The club’s success was during the late ’90s. However, the club has continued to perform at the highest standard and is regarded as one of the best football clubs in the country.
The club has won the Tanzanian FA Cup in 2002.
Other notable teams including JKT Ruvu Stars, Coastal Union.
Since football was established in Tanzania, Simba SC, Young Africans have constantly emerged Champions of the various Competitions organized in the country.
These two clubs have gone on to win regional Competitions like the CECAFA Club Championship also making a remarkable appearance in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup.
Azam FC, Mtibwa Sugar Football Club, Prisons are the next biggest in the country.
This article highlights the top 5 Best football clubs in Tanzania ranked Statistically according to past and present achievements across the board.