Azam FC ready for 2019 Mapinduzi Cup semis

11Jan 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC ready for 2019 Mapinduzi Cup semis

THE 2019 Mapinduzi Cup tournament's defending champions, Azam FC, has disclosed it is in great shape and ready to face KMKM of Zanzibar in the last four stage's match that will be played at the Amaan Stadium in the Isles today.

Azam FC striker, Aubrey Chirwa (R), attempts to get the better of Zanzibar's KVZ players during the 2019 Mapinduzi Cup tournament's match that was played at the Amaan Stadium in the Isles early this week. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

 

The match, scheduled to kick off at 4.15pm, will be a third semi-final duel for Azam FC in the competition, with the outfit seeking to defend the trophy for the third consecutive year.

The Dar es Salaam side led the rest of the participating teams in the Group B of the competition, having recorded 10 points from four matches. They won three games and recorded a draw in one.

They settled for a 1-1 draw with Zanzibar’s Jamhuri in the first and the Dar es Salaam side, then, bounced back as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Yanga. Azam FC then beat Zanzibar clubs, KVZ and Malindi in the other two matches.

Hans van Pluijm, Azam FC head coach, told the outfit's website today's match will be tough on the basis of the opponent the Dar es Salaam squad will face.

He said his squad will do all it can to emerge victorious and secure qualification for the final.

“It will be a tough match given KMKM took the second position in the Group A of the tournament, I hope all teams that are playing in the semi-finals are tough and you must beat all of them if you want to be a champion," the coach disclosed.

“We need to showcase tactical discipline as it was the case in the previous match (against Malindi), KMKM are a strong team and play well, I believe we have a good team that can do anything to win the game.”

Azam FC, Aubrey Chirwa, has continued to showcase his prowess in the competition given he has already netted three goals and is eyeing the tournament's top scorer honour.

Fellow striker, Donald Ngoma, has scored two goals and is as well in contention for the top scorer honour.

The tournament's second semi-final, scheduled to kick off at 8.15pm at the same venue, will pit Simba SC against Malindi.

Should Azam FC win the trophy for the third consecutive year, the squad will take the silverware for keeps and emerge as the first outfit to do so.

Amaan Stadium is hosting the round robin matches and the last four stage of the competition, whilst the final will be played at the Gombani Stadium in Pemba.

Matches that are played at the Amaan Stadium have been scheduled to kick off at 4.15pm and 8.15pm, whereas the final will kick off at 3.30pm.

The tournament’s organizing committee said the champions will receive 15m/-, gold medals and a trophy, whilst runners-up will get 10m/- and silver medals.