Azam FC confirms pitch replacement plans at Azam Complex

02Dec 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Azam FC confirms pitch replacement plans at Azam Complex

FRESH from hosting the 2019 CECAFA Senior Women Challenge Cup tournament, Azam FC’s venue, Azam Complex, will have its artificial turf playing surface replaced this month.

Azam Complex.

Azam FC Chief Executive Officer, Abdulkarim Amin, has confirmed in Dar es Salaam that the club will replace the current artificial surface, which is eight years old. This is due to wear out and expiration of the pitch.

The process will start tomorrow and will take approximately two months to complete.

The club has decided to take advantage of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament break and the annual Mapinduzi Cup to ensure minimum disrupt to their home matches’ schedule.

“We will close our stadium from December 3 in order to replace the artificial turf that has expired, we expect it will take approximately two months for the process to complete,’’ Amin said.

“There will be no league matches because of CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup which will be followed by the Mapinduzi Cup thus giving us enough time to complete the turf replacement,’’ he noted.

The turf replacement is part of a number of other gradual improvements that have been added to the stadium which began operation in 2011.

The improvement include renovation of automated turnstiles, pavilion, media room, restaurant and a doping center.

Azam Complex will become the second artificial pitch to be replaced this year following the upgrading that was done at Dar es Salaam’s Uhuru Stadium earlier this year.

As part of preparations for hosting the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, the government upgraded the Uhuru Stadium surface to a state-of-the-art 4g pitch.

Apart from hosting Azam FC home matches, Azam Complex is often used for Tanzania's  national women team’s games as well as playing host to First Division League sides such as African Lyon and Friends Rangers.

With Simba opening their new training complex at Bunju which has both an artificial turf and a natural one next week, this increases the number of decent pitches in Dar es Salaam which has the highest number of top flight teams.

Due its easy access and closeness to the town, Karume Stadium is another venue that needs a face lift to ease fixture congestion in Dar es Salaam.

The current artificial turf at Karume Stadium was installed in 2008 by the world soccer governing body, FIFA, but is now completely worn out.