Azam FC learned valuable lessons in 2020/21 VPL, says coach

27Jul 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC learned valuable lessons in 2020/21 VPL, says coach

AZAM FC assistant coach, Vivier Bahati, says that the 2020/21 season was very competitive and it gave them a lesson to prepare well for the future.

Azam FC assistant coach, Vivier Bahati.PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

The outfit had three major goals, winning the Premier League title and the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC), or at least finishing in one of the top two spots in the top flight.

Azam FC however, could not reach the goals, as they were knocked out of this season's ASFC semi-final by Simba SC.

The outfit also came third in the domestic top flight, as Yanga ended second, while Simba SC was the champion.

Bahati said: "It was not a good season for us but the players did all they could to fulfil their responsibilities. For us, it is a priority and we are proud of it.''

"In the future, our belief is to see that we do better and achieve the goals we will set so the fans can support us," he said.

Azam FC is in the process of signing new players to strengthen the side.

The team is preparing for various competitions next season including the Mainland Premier League and continental showdown, as the squad will take part in CAF Confederation Cup.

The ongoing registration by Azam FC officials is, according to them, performed as per the side's technical bench's report.

The process is however seemingly out to weaken chances for the club's domestic players to regularly feature for the side.

Azam FC in the past two weeks roped in two Zambian midfielders, and a Kenyan midfielder.

It has recently sealed contracts with Zambian midfielders, Paul Katema and Charles Zulu, as well as Kenneth Muguna from Kenya's Gor Mahia FC.

The new foreign players' recruitment has brought in a challenge for local players who have been competing for the first choice squad's places for years.

The midfielders are, Frank Domayo, Mudathir Yahya, Bryson Raphael, and Salum Abubakar.

The arrival of these foreign players will increase the competition for a place in the first team.

The approach will moreover compel local players to step up their performance, seeking to protect the respect they have built within the team.

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