Azam FC maintains winning ways in Premier League

05Nov 2018
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Azam FC maintains winning ways in Premier League

MAINLAND Premier League leaders, Azam FC, has maintained its winning ways in the league as the side posted a 1-0 victory over Kagera Sugar at the latter’s venue yesterday.

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Zimbabwean striker Donald Ngoma netted the only goal which separated the two teams on the 40th minute to ensure his team cling on to the top spot.

In one of good opportunities for the visitors early on, the outfit’s striker Joseph Mahundi, who had positioned himself well inside Kagera Sugar’s area, failed to control a good pass by midfielder Salum Abubakary on the 17th minute and the former was ultimately dispossessed.

Mahundi then released Abubakary outside Kagera Sugar area on the 35th minute and the midfielder could only shoot over.
The hosts went close a few minutes later as striker Edward Christopher was released a few meters from the visitors’ area and unleashed a low right foot shot which was though cleared by keeper Razak Abalora.

Ngoma notched the opener for the visitors on the 40th minute, beating the hosts’ keeper Said Kipao with a low right foot shot inside the area after the forward had been released by midfielder Tafadza Kutinyu.

The opening half ultimately ended with Azam leading by the lone goal.

Abalora turned out to be the busier of the two keepers early on in the second half given he was forced to come out of his comfort zone time and again to clear attempts by Kagera Sugar players.

The hosts continued to press for an equalizer and had a good opportunity on the 60th minute in which forward Japhet Vedastus dribbled past the visitors’ defender inside the area and unleashed a left foot shot which was parried by Abalora.

The hosts came close to levelling matters on the 66th minute in which left fullback David Luhende whipped in a dangerous free kick and Azam FC midfielder Mudathir Yahya had to nod the ball over for an abortive corner kick.

Azam FC had an edge over Kagera Sugar in the latter stages of the match, making several forays into the box and keeping the keeper busy.

Keeper Kipao had to dive to his right to clear a left foot shot by Azam FC second half substitute Danny Lyanga on the 82nd minute as the latter went in search of a second goal.

Kagera Sugar were coming off a 1-0 defeat to Mtibwa Sugar in the match that took place at the latter’s venue in Morogoro on October 28.

Azam FC posted victories over JKT Tanzania and Singida United in the Dar es Salaam outfit’s two previous away games.
Two other matches were set to take place the same day in which Mwadui FC hosted Mbeya’s Prisons in Shinyanga, Mtwara’s Ndanda FC locked horns with Yanga at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.