Simba Sports Club is a Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian football club situated in Kariakoo.
The club was originally known as Eagles before changing its name to Sunderland in 1936. They were nicknamed Simba in 1971. (Swahili for “Lion”).
Simba SC, along with cross-city rival Young Africans, is one of Tanzania’s two major clubs. Simba SC has won 21 league titles and five domestic cups, as well as repeated appearances in the CAF Champions League. They are also one of East Africa’s most powerful clubs, having won the CECAFA Club Championship six times.
Simba is known as “Wekundu wa Msimbazi” (The Reds of Msimbazi) and plays at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium. With 3 million followers and an 89 percent increase in the previous year, Simba was the fastest growing Instagram account among football clubs in 2022.
Simba SC has almost 5 million followers across all social media channels, making it one of the most followed African clubs. The club joined TikTok in March 2022 and gained over 10,000 followers in just three days. With a total budget of Sh 5 billion (approximately to $2.1 million) for the 2019/2020 season, the club is likewise considered one of the wealthiest in East Africa.
Azam Fc History (2004–2005)
On July 23, 2004, Mzizima FC became Azam FC. Workers from the Mzizima wheat flour milling company, owned by the Said Salim Bakhresa (SSB) group of companies, created the club at Banda la Ngozi, Nyerere Road, Ilala, Dar Es Salaam.
Hafidh Salim, Ali Mlungula, Seif Mshamu Kiwile, Athuman Kikila, Mohamed Saad Makununi, Mzee Chuli Ramadhan, and Babu Ayubu founded Mzizima FC. Abubakar Mapwisa, Seleman Mabehewa, Twalib Suleiman Chuma, Mohamed Seif ‘King,’ Nassor Idrisa ‘Father,’ Ibrahim Jeshi, and Abdallah Hassan then joined them. They formed this squad for fun and relaxation after long days at work, in order to better their social lives, health, and well-being.
They needed a training area and requested Tanzania Railways Limited (TRC) to use their free land at Ilala Goods Shed. TRC nodded, and work on leveling the land began right away.
They named it ‘Surulele’ after the iconic National Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, where the Taifa Stars competed in the 1980 African Cup of Nations.The field provided an opportunity for the players, who were also laborers, to demonstrate their abilities. Nassor Idrisa, Salum Kakolo, Mjomba Akili, Salva Mayola, Ali Dosho, Gabriel Sebastian Manyoronga, Mohamed Kikuni, Tebela, Zabron Mihangi, Salehe Hillary, Mussa Lumbi, Hatibu Katoto, Amiri Rashid Kikwa, Hamis Jafar, Ibrahim Jaluo, Abbas Kuka, Mbaraka Shaaban Jangama ‘Cantona