Azam FC will start their Confederation Cup campaign this afternoon while Mainland Champions Simba and Jamhuri of Pemba wait until tomorrow to go into action.
The Chamazi-based side will host Al Nasir Juba of South Sudan in the first round of the Confederation Cup, first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The match is unpredictable considering that the two sides do not know each other and are new in the championship.
Azam FC have promised that despite being new in the CAF tournament they will make sure that they use home ground advantage to get on top of the game.
The premier league second placed team qualified to play in the championship after finishing second in the last season’s league.
Assistant coach Kali Ongala said yesterday that they have prepared well to win the game.
He maintained his players are in an upbeat mood ahead of the game and don’t expect any serious hurdles to disrupt their game or deny them victory on home ground.
He said two defenders, Samih Hajji Nuhu and Salum Waziri were nursing injuries and could miss the game.
Team marksman John Bocco ‘Adebayor,’ who has been out of the field for a while, due to a knee injury, had recovered and will most likely feature in the starting line up.
Other players who the team will depend on are Brian Umony, Hamis Mcha and Joackim Atudo, among others.
The home side have prepared enough to win the match. The team played a number of friendlies in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December and then clinched the Mapinduzi Cup in Zanzibar.
Before the start of the second round of the Mainland premier league, Azam FC played three trials in Kenya in which they won two.
Mainland premier league champions Simba will tomorrow play Recreativo do Libolo of Angola in the African Champions League, first leg match at the National Stadium.
Zanzibar’s Jamhuri welcome St. Georges of Ethiopia in another Champions League match at Gombani Stadium in Chakechake.
Meanwhile, the premier league match between Yanga and African Lyon grossed 62m/-, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) said yesterday.
Yanga hit Lyon 4-0 in the game staged at the National Stadium.
TFF information officer Boniface Wambura said yesterday that 12,147 spectators paid to watch the game at entrance rates of 5,000/-, 8,000/-, 15,000/- and 20,000/-.
He said playing teams received about 16m/- each, 10.4m/- (VAT), 8.2m/- (stadium), 3.1m/- (tickets) and 4.9m/- (match costs).