Azam coach calms down after victory

29Aug 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Azam coach calms down after victory

AZAM FC coach, Zeben Hernandez, has conceded that this season’s Mainland premier league proves to be tough much as his squad trounced Majimaji of Ruvuma 3-0 in the game played at the former’s venue in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

AZAM FC coach, Zeben Hernandez

It turned out to be the first win for Azam, who opened their campaign notching a hard-fought 1-1 draw with African Lyon at the same venue on August 20.

“It’s a tough league and each of the participating teams certainly deserves a place in the event. Our team has already played two matches at its home venue and we are now trying to insist that away games are quite different from the team plays at home,” he said.

Hernandez was also delighted with the victory, saying it came about following Azam players’ ability to heed to his instructions.
He said his players will have a few days’ rest and will then start intensive preparations for two away matches against Mbeya’s Tanzania Prisons and Mbeya City.

Azam will play Prisons at the Sokoine Stadium on September 7 and will then confront Mbeya City three days later.
Azam stepped up gear in the remaining half of the game against Majimaji following the introduction of midfielders, Mcha Khamis and Franck Domayo, in place of Ramadhan Singano and Salum Aboubakar.

Khamis will live to remember two great chances that came his way deep in the half, only to see the skilful midfielder waste the opportunities.

Azam’s Zimbabwean left fullback, Evans Kangwa, was in great form when he made several dangerous runs down the left and floated in good crosses which were however, not fully exploited.

He also could have got himself on the score sheet when he orchestrated a good one two with Domayo and was then set up by the latter inside Majimaji area but the Zimbabwean’s right foot attempt went off target.

Majimaji midfielders managed to contain their Azam counterparts in the opening half but the former lost steam in the second half and let the latter dictate matters.

Majimaji managed to get on the back of Azam defenders on several occasions in the opening half and the latter’s goalkeeper, Aishi Manula, was twice called to action to deny the former’s strikers.

Majimaji will next entertain Morogoro’s Mtibwa Sugar at the Majimaji Stadium on September 3.

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