Azam FC seeks to stun Pyramids FC in CAF Confederation Cup 

23Sep 2021
Ismail Tano
The Guardian
Azam FC seeks to stun Pyramids FC in CAF Confederation Cup 

TANZANIA's Azam FC head coach, George Lwandamina, has admitted that the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup's second preliminary round fixtures against Egypt outfit, Pyramids FC, promise to be difficult but better preparations will help his side emerge victoriously.

Azam FC will face the wealthy Egyptian outfit after the former knocked Somalia's Horseed FC out of the showdown's first preliminary round.

Horseed FC went down 4-1 on aggregate to Azam FC, with both home and away matches being played at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam.

Lwandamina said correcting the mistakes that were made by his players in the preliminary round fixtures against Horseed FC is what he is currently doing in his side's practice sessions.

According to the coach, he is not focusing on Pyramids FC's quality. Azam FC will host Pyramids FC in the first leg slated for October 15-17 in Dar es Salaam, the second leg is slated for October 22-24 in Egypt.

"I agree our opponents have a good team with a good record against Tanzanian teams, but Azam FC is also not a weak team and that is why we have reached this stage, the main thing I'm doing is prepare my team to ensure we get a victory at home and away to progress to the next stage," the coach disclosed.

The coach said he knew in advance that he would meet Pyramids FC, so he started tracking them down to know their strengths and weaknesses, so for him, better preparations will pay off for Azam FC.

Azam FC is a third Tanzanian outfit set to confront Pyramids FC in the continental showdown.

Tanzania's other clubs, Yanga and Namungo FC had faced the Egyptian outfit in the past editions of the continental tournament.

Pyramids FC knocked Yanga out of the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup's playoffs, beating the latter 2-1 in the first leg which took place in Mwanza.

The return leg, which was played in Cairo, saw Pyramids FC hand Yanga 3-0 defeat.

Yanga had landed the opportunity to compete in the playoffs after the outfit was eliminated by Zanaco FC of Zambia in the round of 32 of 2019/20 CAF Champions League.

Meanwhile, Biashara United FC head coach, Patrick Odhiambo, disclosed his squad has moved to a difficult stage in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup.

Biashara United FC has made it to the second preliminary round of the showdown, bundling Djibouti's Dikhil FC out with a 3-0 aggregate victory in the first preliminary round.

Odhiambo was optimistic the Mara-based club can do well if it gets better preparations for their next fixtures.

Biashara United edged Dikhil FC 1-0 when they faced off the first leg played in Djibouti. Biashara United later cruised to a 2-0 victory against the Djibouti side via a brace by midfielder, Ramadhani Chombo.

Odhiambo said there is a big difference between Dikhil FC and Libya's Al Ahly Tripoli, an outfit that will take on Biashara United in the second preliminary round.

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