Azam FC interim head coach in no rush to get new contract

19Jan 2022
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC interim head coach in no rush to get new contract

​​​​​​​AZAM FC's interim head coach, Abdihamid Moalin, has said he does not want to be directly confirmed as the side's head of technical bench but wants to make the squad competitive and move to one of the NBC Premier League top three positions.

Azam FC's interim head coach, Abdihamid Moalin. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

Currently, the outfit sits seventh in the domestic top-flight's table.

Moalin said taking over as the side's head coach will be decided by the outfit's leaders.

The trainer was adamant his current focus is to make Azam FC a threat and respectable and if he is offered a new contract as a head coach, he will not hesitate to accept it.

The tactician almost guided the outfit to a sixth Mapinduzi Cup tournament title, helping the squad qualify for this year's tournament final and conceding a loss to Simba SC.

"These are questions that many have always asked me, but suffice it to say that I am satisfied with the opportunity I have been given," Moalin disclosed.

"I have a lot of faith in the youngsters and I will continue to use them because a good foundation starts with them, so I hope with the talent they have, we will achieve the club's goals."

Azam FC seems to have transformed a lot in its style of play under the interim coach, who lost his first quest for a trophy on Tanzanian soil after losing to Simba SC in the 2022 Mapinduzi Cup tournament final.

Primarily, Moalin was hired as Technical Director of the club's academy but was presented with the opportunity to take charge of the senior team after the resignation of the former head coach, George Lwandamina, and his assistant, Burundian Vivier Bahati.

Moalin is a football tactician holding US citizenship but originally comes from Somalia.

Before joining Azam FC, he was the head coach of Horseed FC.

The gaffer was previously an assistant coach at USA’ Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit, DC United, and thereafter operated as Somalia’s Horseed FC tactician.

Before yesterday's match, Azam FC was placed seventh in the league standings with 15 points from 10 matches.