Azam FC rejects supporters' demand to fire coach

23Nov 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC rejects supporters' demand to fire coach

AZAM FC's Chief Executive Officer, Abdulkarim Nurdin, has rejected a demand by a section of the team's supporters that the club should fire its George Lwandamina-led technical panel.

Azam FC winger Iddi Selemani (R) races past Kinondoni Municipal Council FC fullback, Ally Ramadhan, in the 2021/22 NBC Premier League tie which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF AZAM FC

The Dar es Salaam club, which is deemed to have assembled one of the best squads on the domestic scene this season, got its campaign off to a shaky start in NBC Premier League.

In the outfit's six games, the club has so far won two games against Geita Gold FC and Namungo FC.

Azam FC settled for a draw with Tanga's Coastal Union and lost to Polisi Tanzania, Yanga, and Kinondoni Municipal Council FC.

The team was also booted out of this season's CAF Confederation Cup's second preliminary round by Pyramids FC of Egypt.

After the Sunday 2-1 defeat to KMC FC in the NBC Premier League clash at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, some Azam FC supporters were heard chanting and singing that the club should fire its Zambian tactician Lwandamina.

But reacting to this development yesterday, Nurdin who is better known as 'Popat', said he acknowledge the pain his club supporters are going through.

The official was adamant Azam FC does not operate by listening to the demands of supporters, instead, the club management makes decisions.

''We feel the pain our supporters are going through, it is a very difficult situation, but at Azam FC we do not operate in that way, the club owners make final decisions.''

''It is like what happened to Manchester United, they have not been recording good results in many games, but on Sunday the owners of the club thought it wise to part ways with manager Ole Solkjaer.''

''Club owners always make decisions, in our case, I'm sure this shall pass and we will start recording good results,'' he said.

'Popat' also said since the NBC Premier League started, it was the KMC FC match that witnessed Azam FC enjoy ball possession.

"Since the start of this season, Azam FC has played six Premier League games, but it was on Sunday that we enjoyed possession.''

''We played well only that we did not score, in other games which we won, we did not enjoy the possession like yesterday. I think it is not fair to blame the coach on the results," he said.

In a post-match interview, Azam FC assistant coach, Vivier Bahati, assured his team supporters that the squad will bounce back to its winning ways.

"We understand that our supporters are not happy with our current results in the Premier League, but they must exercise patience during this period.''

''I'm sure as the team we will bounce back and start winning the games, they must also understand that this season is one of the toughest, there are no walkovers," he said.

The Sunday win was the first for KMC FC this season and the outfit's assistant coach, Habibu Kondo, hailed his side for executing their game plan well and said they have now started the league.

He said the two-week international recess helped them train well ahead of the coming NBC Premier League games.

"I must hail my players for playing well, they did exactly what we told them we are now looking forward to our next game which will be an away encounter with Mbeya City FC," he said.

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