Azam FC players celebrate with their trophy after the final match against Kenya's Tusker FC at Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar on Saturday night. Azam won 2-1. (Photo: Tryphone Mqweji)
Azam FC came from behind to beat Kenyan champions Tusker FC 2-1 and win the Mapinduzi Cup final for the second year running at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar on Saturday.
Apart from the trophy, the Dar es Salaam ice-cream makers also took home Tsh 10 million while Tusker FC were awarded Tsh 5m for finishing second.
The match, officiated by referee Ramadhan Rajab Ibada who was assisted by Mwanahija Makame Mfumo and Mgaza Kindundi, witnessed both teams failing to score in the first 45 minutes with Azam’s striker Gaudence Mwaikimba’s powerful shot saved by Tusker goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo in the 44th minute.
Tusker started the second half making many attempts at the Azam’s goal and they took the lead in the 60th minute when Jesse Were connected home a cross from Robert Omunok.
Kenyan Joackins Atudo equalized for Azam in the 72nd minute through a spot kick after Tusker’s defender Luke Ochieng handed the ball inside the box.
The normal time of 90 minutes ended with the score sheet reading 1-1.
It took Azam only two minutes of the extra time to get the winner when Mwaikimba outran two Tusker defenders to put the ball into the back of the net.
The tournament was part of celebrations to mark 49 years of revolution in Zanzibar.
Mwadini Ally, Himid Mao, Samir Hajji Nuhu, David Mwantika, Joackins Atudo, Kipre Balou, Humphrey Mieno, Khamis Mcha, Gaudence Mwaikimba, Brian Umony/Malika Ndeule (126), Uhuru Suleiman/Seif Abdallah (64).
Samuel Odhiambo, Luke Ochieng, Bright Jeremiah, Martin Kizza, Joseph Shikokoti, Frederick Onyango/Mark Ochiambo (93), Andrew Tolowa/Edwin Ombasa (55), Khalid Aucho/Benson Amianda (80), Jesse Were/Andrew Sekayambya (54), Ismail Dunga/Michael Olunga (52), Robert Omunok.