Azam FC aims to reclaim third spot with Kagera coup

03May 2022
Michael Mwebe
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Azam FC aims to reclaim third spot with Kagera coup

AZAM FC will hope to reclaim third place when the squad confronts Kagera Sugar in the NBC Premier League clash in Kagera, kick-off at 16h00.

Azam FC goal-getter Prince Dube (R) challenges Kagera Sugar center back as the clubs locked horns in the 2021/22 NBC Premier League clash which took place in Dar es Salaam last year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC 

 

A win for coach Abdihamid Moalin’s charges would see them climb above Namungo FC into third depending on the outcome of the latter’s results against Simba SC.

Azam FC was held to a frustrating 2-2 draw against Geita Gold FC on the former's last matchday.

The Dar es Salaam outfit, however, has remained in the hunt to finish ahead of Namungo FC who have played one more game as the league enters the home stretch.

The 2013/14 Premier League champions have claimed 18 points from 10 home matches so far this season.

Coach Moallin will look towards Zambian attacker, Rodgers Kola, for goals.

It has been a very good few weeks for Kola, as he has reignited his Azam FC career and is now a member of their first eleven.

Very few would have expected the Zambian international to be a pivotal figure at the core of Azam FC, but here we are.

After drawing a blank once again against Geita Gold FC, this would be another chance for striker Prince Dube to repay his coach’s faith in front of goal.

The Zimbabwean's form has been the subject of much debate among supporters, with his record of one goal in this season hardly befitting a striker who was banging goals for fun last season before his injury.

Meanwhile, Kagera Sugar has been resurgent since the turn of the year and is on a four-game unbeaten run.

Head coach Francis Baraza has managed to turn around their form, taking them out of relegation scrap, and placing them nicely in the top half of the table.

In an intriguing top-four race, Kagera Sugar is in for a shout if they play their cards in the remaining nine games.

This has been a breakout season for Erick Mwijage, as he is now Kagera Sugar’s top scorer with four goals and one assist to his name.

He is Kagera Sugar’s biggest goal threat and he will be hoping that he can play his way into Tanzania's national squad for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers.

In head-to-head stats, Azam FC and Kagera Sugar have met in 23 league matches since 2010/11.

The Ice cream makers have claimed 14 wins compared to four for Kagera Sugar, while five matches have been drawn.

The Chamazi side has recorded eight wins, two draws, and two defeats from 12 home matches in the rivalry.

When the teams met earlier this season, at the Kaitaba Stadium in December, they played out a goalless draw.

The results broke a two-game losing streak in this rivalry for Kagera Sugar.

 

 

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