Azam Sports Federation Cup set to kick off next week

30Nov 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam Sports Federation Cup set to kick off next week

THE preliminary stage of the 2018 Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) is set to be played between Monday and Wednesday next week.

Simba SC defender, Ally Shomary (R), challenges Green Warriors’ player during the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) match last year.

The stage, as disclosed by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer, Clifford Ndimbo, will involve 36 clubs.

The first round of the tournament will start on December 8 and come to a close the following day, with 32 outfits participating in it.

Forty outfits will battle it out in the second round of the tournament, which will start on December 14 and end two days later.

Mtibwa Sugar are the competition’s defending champions. The Morogoro outfit cruised to victory over Singida United in the last year’s tournament’s final at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Arusha.

Meanwhile, the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB)’s meeting is set to take place in Tanga tomorrow.

The board, according to Ndimbo will use the meeting to fill in two positions of chairman and representatives of Mainland’s First and Second divisions’ clubs.

The TFF official disclosed Steven Mnguto is the only contestant for the chairman’s post, whereas Azim Khan and Brown Ernest are vying for the post of the representative of Mainland First Division clubs.

The Mainland Second Division club’s representative’s position has only one contestant, Michael Kadebe.

In another development, Mainland Premier League matches, which are held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, will now start at 4pm, Ndimbo disclosed.

Some of the matches that are held at the venue had been slated to start at either 6pm or 7pm.

The change in the games’ kick off, as disclosed by the TFF official, has been put to effect as per the directives of the venue’s owner, who issued a statement that the stadium’s lights will not be used.

The implementation of the directives, he pointed out, started in the yesterday’s match between JKT Tanzania and Yanga, which had earlier been slated to kick off at 6pm.