Azam FC to play both CAF Confederation Cup preliminary fixtures in Dar

02Sep 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC to play both CAF Confederation Cup preliminary fixtures in Dar

TANZANIA's Azam FC is set to play both CAF Confederation Cup preliminary stage games at home.

Azam FC players attend training in Zambia recently to shape up for the next season's Premier League, Federation Cup, and CAF Confederation Cup. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

Azam FC's opponents in the stage, Horseed FC of Somalia, have chosen Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam for the squad's home clash.

Horseed FC's leadership has resorted to having their side feature in a home fixture at Uhuru Stadium following the security situation in Somalia not allowing any international game to be played at the moment.

In the preliminary round match, Azam FC will start at home at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam, then stay for a few days before playing away at Uhuru Stadium against rivals Horseed FC.

Horseed FC's decision to play the preliminary stage's second leg of the tournament in Tanzania reduces the cost for Azam FC who had to travel to Mogadishu to play their return leg game.

Azam FC is still in Zambia for a pre-season camp where the squad is drilling head of the busy schedule for next season.

The club is one of the teams, which will represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Mara's Biashara United is as well a team lined up for the continental showpiece.

Azam FC will face Horseed FC at Azam Complex between September 10-12 while the reverse leg had been penned for September 17-19 in Somalia.

If Azam FC will turn into aggregate winners in the preliminary stage fixtures against Horseed FC, the former will come against Egypt's Pyramid FC in the following stage.

Pyramid FC enters the tournament as strong favourites to win the title, having conceded defeat in the 2020 edition's final and thereafter getting knocked out in the semi-finals last season.

In their search for their first-ever title, Pyramids FC is going to be facing winners of preliminary stage fixtures between Tanzania’s Azam FC and Somalia’s Horseed FC.

Azam FC was yesterday confronting Zambia's Zanaco FC in an international friendly game and the former is today playing on Forest Rangers before winding up their friendly games with a fixture against Zesco United.

Azam FC has so far made good signings in the ongoing transfer window, seeking to build a competitive side for both domestic and international clashes next season.

They include left-back Edward Manyama (Tanzania), defensive midfielder Paul Katema (Zambia), attacking midfielders Charles Zulu (Zambia) and Kenneth Muguna (Kenya), forwards Idris Mbombo (DR Congo) and Rodgers Kola (Zambia).