Yanga FC head coach Luc Eymael has conceded that bitter rivals Simba SC were the better team over the course of the season, and deserved to win the title.
Simba was confirmed the 2019/2020 Tanzanian Premier League champions on Sunday evening despite playing to a goalless draw against Tanzania Prisons FC at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya.
The Wekundu wa Mzimbazi sealed the title with six games to play, after accumulating 79 points, 19 points ahead of second placed Yanga SC and 20 points ahead of Nicolas Wadadda’s Azam FC who are currently third.
“I want to congratulate them for winning the league, I am a guy who loves fair play and I think I have to congratulate them for the latest fete,” Eymael told Goal.com.
The Belgian Eymael joined Yanga in January 2020, a month after his opposite number and compatriot Sven Vandenbroek joined Simba. And according to the former, the damage was already done regards the title chase.
“The difference between Simba and Yanga on the league table was already too big when I arrived,” he said.
“I think Yanga was number six when I arrived (in January) to take over but already moving from number six to two is not bad.”
“Simba also deserved to win the crown because they were the most consistent side in the league,” Eymael continued.
The 2019/2020 triumph is Simba’s third consecutive title in each of the last three seasons since 2018 when they dethroned Yanga who had also completed a hattrick of titles between 2015 and 2017.
But Eymael has warned that while they concede defeat, the Jangwani will look to reclaim the league title they have won a record 21 times before.
Further stating that success via the Tanzanian Cup is still an attainable goal; Yanga have a quarter final tie against Kagera Sugar on Tuesday.
“We want to win the league title and that means we should be competing better next season. For now, I am not talking about that, for now, I am thinking first of all to finish the league as high as possible.”
“We must make sure we keep second position to the end and also on Tuesday we have a domestic Cup fixture and our target is to reach the semi-final.
“One game at a time is the solution, each game has its own story and it is very important to tackle the matches a game at a time, we don’t want to start thinking about next season when we still have matches to play.” Eymael noted.
Yanga will be looking to lock out second position ahead of Azam who are breathing down their neck in third for a spot in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup.