Azam FC trounces African Lyon   

02Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Azam FC trounces African Lyon   

AZAM FC has kept on reducing the side’s points’ gap with 2018/19 Mainland Premier League leaders, Yanga, given the former registered a comprehensive 3-1 victory over African Lyon in the league match held at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Azam FC striker, Donald Ngoma (L), dribbles past African Lyon midfielder, Said Mtikila, during this season’s Mainland Premier League match that took place at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

The winners have taken part in 26 matches, winning 15, recording draw in eight and losing three to collect 53 points and cling on the second position.

African Lyon expressed intention to stay in control of the yesterday match after the kick off, given the squad's striker, Said Mtikila, tested Azam FC goalie, Razak Abalora, with a fierce long range shot, which went inches wide.

Azam FC scored the opener trough forward, Aubrey Chirwa, on the sixth minute, as he calmly slotted the ball home off a cross by winger, Ramadhan Singano.

Singano had sped into African Lyon’s box, got the better of defenders and set up Chirwa that made no mistake with his right foot.

African Lyon levelled matters on the 14th minute after defender, Baraka Jaffary, beat Abalora with a header off an inviting cross whipped in by fellow defender, Roland Msonjo.

Azam FC defenders had cleared a corner kick from the right, Msonjo pounced on a loose ball, dribbled past midfielder, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, and picked Jaffary with the center.

Azam midfielder, Mudathir Yahya, could have done better with an opportunity he got on the 19th minute after he had outmuscled African Lyon defender a few meters from the box, the midfielder though ended up attempting a shot, which went off target.

Either team continued to push upfront in the latter stages of the stanza with Azam FC winning two free kicks which were, though, wasted.

African Lyon also wasted a free kick, which ended with defender, Adil Nassor, blasting over from almost 20 meters.

African Lyon forward Benedict Jacob wasted a glorious opportunity during the added on time of the stanza, in which he was set up by team mate a few meters from Azam’s area, the forward was though easily blocked by Abalora.

The opening 45 minutes came to an end with the two teams managing to score a goal apiece.

Midfielder Yahya made it 2-1 for Azam FC on the 65th minute, beating African Lyon keeper Deogras Kisembo with a blockbuster from outside the area.

Azam FC came close to recording the third goal on the 80th minute when Chirwa sped on the left side and whipped in a cross, second half substitute, Ngoma, disappointingly wasted the chance.

An own goal by African Lyon’s Msonjo a minute before the final whistle helped Azam FC stay 3-1 up. The central defender directed a low cross by Azam fullback, Bruce Kangwa, from the left side into his own net.

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