Azam FC aims to keep perfect start going against Mwadui FC

16Oct 2020
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Azam FC aims to keep perfect start going against Mwadui FC

AZAM FC has raced to the top of the 2020/21 Vodacom Premier League table with a 100% winning record after five rounds of matches, and considering that a derby match involving the club's competitors, Simba SC and Yanga, has been postponed –

 

– this is the right moment for them to pull ahead by five points.

And they have been presented the perfect opportunity for it as well. 

They take on Mwadui team, who had finished 13th in the previous season's league table, one point off relegation.

In fact, Mwadui were under threat of relegation even in the last match-day of the 2019/20 season.

There is no denying that Azam FC goes into the contest as red-hot favourites, however Mwadui are on a two-match winning run. 

They defeated newly promoted Ihefu FC at home 2-0 in the fourth round before topping it with another win on the road against Namungo FC.

In head-to-head stats, Azam FC and Mwadui FC have met in 10 league matches since 2015/16. 

Azam FC, based at Chamazi in Dar es Salaam, has claimed eight wins, while two matches have ended in draw.

Azam FC completed a league ‘double’ over Mwadui FC last season, winning 1-0 in January and posted similar results in the return game in Mwadui, Shinyanga in July. 

The Ice-cream makers have put together a three-match winning streak against Mwadui FC.

It has, moreover, been an excellent start to the season for Azam FC’s forward Prince Dube.

The Zimbabwean striker has contributed five goals and two assists already this campaign. 

Although he will want to add more goals, he will be delighted to be creating chances for others.

In Mwanza, Mtibwa Sugar will look to return to winning form when they play hosts Gwambina FC at the CCM Kirumba Stadium. 

Mtibwa Sugar have gone two matches without a win and their only victory was 1-0  against a struggling newly promoted Ihefu FC side on September 18.

This is a huge game for Mtibwa Sugar head coach Zuberi Katwila.

He needs to oversee a much better performance than the last two rounds, otherwise the pressure on him could increase after last season’s league struggles which saw the 2020 Mapinduzi Cup champions avoid relegation in the last day of the campaign.

Gwambina FC picked up their first win of the season in their last league outing, defeating Ihefu FC 2-0 at  home on October 3, thanks to a brace by forward Meshack Abraham. 

The Misungwi-based club boasts of an unbeaten record at home this season. They have claimed four points from a possible six.

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