Azam FC assistant coach pours praise on forward

19Nov 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC assistant coach pours praise on forward

Azam FC assistant coach Vivier Bahati has said they believe that the team's striker, Idris Mbombo, has what it takes to excel despite many criticizing him after five NBC Premier League games.

Vivier Bahati. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

Bahati's statement comes after Mbombo scored two goals and helped his team emerge with a 4-1 win against Zanzibar's JKU in a friendly match played at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam recently.

"He is a good player who knows how to score and has the good mental ability so it will take him some time due to him being new in the league but the more he scores the more he regains his confidence," he said.

Bahati said the challenge for the star is due to being compared to the team's top scorer last season, Prince Dube, who has been plagued by injuries since May 26, this year.

"Every player in Azam has a great level because we focused on a lot of things in the registration this season to find players who will fulfill what we want," he said.

Mbombo has scored only one goal in five NBC Premier League fixtures with a lot of expectations on the striker because of his goal-scoring prowess.

Born in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, Mbombo kicked off his career at the Zambia team, Kabwe Warriors, before making a big move to Zambian giants Zesco United FC in December 2015.

Mbombo joined Azam FC from El-Gouna, the Congolese joined El-Gouna from Nkana FC as a replacement for Walter Bwalya, when the latter left for Cairo giants, Al Ahly, however, Mbombo failed to replicate Bwalya’s successes.

During his journey in Egypt, Mbombo made 14 appearances but failed to score or contribute to any goals in either the Egyptian Premier League or the Egypt Cup.

Less than two years later, his performances attracted the Saudi side, Al Shabab, which signed him for a reported fee of €250,000, loaning him to the Albanian side, KF Laçi, and Zambia’s Nkana FC, after he struggled to make an impact for them.

Azam FC, which finished third in last season’s Mainland Premier League campaign, will play struggling Kinondoni Municipal Council FC on November 21 to make amends from its slow start to Premier League.

Eighth-placed Azam FC has emerged victorious in two outings, notched draw in one and conceded loss in two.

KMC FC, sitting 15th, has yet to notch a victory in its five ties.