Azam Football Club wind up their week-long tour of Nairobi as they meet Kenya Commercial Bank in a final friendly to be played at City Stadium here today.
The Tanzania top flight side has already played two matches winning and losing. The team lost to AFC Leopards by 2-1 goals in their opening tour match played at the Nyayo Stadium here.
The team under tutelage of England’s John Stewart Hall posted a 1-0 victory over another Kenyan premiership side Sofapaka on Sunday.
Azam travelled to Nairobi for the friendlies as part of preparations to gear up for the Mainland premiership whose second half of the season kicks off on Saturday.
The team also represents Mainland Tanzania in the CAF Confederation Cup against South Sudan’s A-Nasir Juba with the first leg slated for mid next month in Dar es Salaam..
So far, all players who are with the team here have at least featured in the friendlies including second choice goalkeeper Aishi Salum.
The team’s head coach Hall said he has no injuries so far and any player can be chosen to play today’s final friendly against the bankers.
The coach says he believes the players will be fit and gained enough experience and in great shape ahead of the premiership resumption.
“We hope our final match against KCB will be impressive as players have enjoyed a day-long rest that would keep them in good shape for the final kill,” said Hall.
The City Stadium has artificial astral turf, same as Azam’s home ground and the Uhuru or Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
In related development, Azam’s towering striker Gaudence Mwaikimba scored the only goal during their friendly against Sofapaka played at the Nyayo Stadium here on Sunday.
After barren first half, Azam made changes in their line-up as they replaced Samih Haji Nuhu, Michael Bolou, Khamis Mcha and David Mwantika to pave the way for Luckson Kakolaki, Abdulhalim Humud, Gaudence Mwaikimba and Malika Ndeule.
The changes proved to be effective as the team resorted to a series of attacks to keep Sofapaka defence in hectic moment.
Making his debut appearance in such international friendly, second choice goalkeeper Aishi Salum was impressive between the posts.
Azam secured the rare win through Mwakimba’s spot kick resulting from a handball by Sofapaka’s defender Kisuya Collins inside the box.
The match was attended by Sofapaka’s club president Elly Kalekwa and Azam FC’s secretary general Nassor Idrissa.
Azam players used the whole of yesterday training at the City Stadium ahead of today’s game.
Aishi Salum, Himid Mao/Omary Mtaki, Samih Haji Nuhu/Luckson Kakolaki, Jockins Atudo, David Mwantika/Malika Ndeule 45’, Michael Bolou/Abdulhalim Humud 45’, Humphrey Mieno/Ibrahim Mwaipopo 66’, Salum Abibakar, Brian Umony Jabir Aziz 81’, Seif Abdalah/Uhuru Suleiman 68’, Khamis Mcha/ Gaudence Mwaikimba.
Duncan Ochieng/Okeko David, Shivash Collins, Kisuya Collins, Situma James, Felly Mulumba, Abdalah Nyanzi, Hilary Echesa, Koko Manopi, Kagogo Patrick/George Owino, Kago Dawson and John Baraza/Tarumbwa Cabadian.