Azam FC shifts focus to foreign players recruitment

31Jul 2020
Adam Fungamwango
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC shifts focus to foreign players recruitment

AZAM FC has began roping in forein players for the 2020/21 season after the squad had failed to live up to expectations this season.

Azam FC players (L-R), Aggrey Morris, Franck Domayo and Abdallah Khery, jubilate after Khery had scored against Lipuli FC in a Vodacom Premier League clash, which took place in Iringa recently. The clash ended in a 1-1 draw. PHOTO; COURTESY OF AZAM FC

The Dar es Salaam club ended third in the Vodacom Premier League, with Simba SC lifting the tournament silverware, whereas Yanga took the second spot.

Abdulkarim Nurdin 'Popat', Azam FC Chief Executive Officer, noted they have already started signing players for the next season, especially domestic players.

''Our head coach presented the season report and he has recommended names of players he needs for the next season. Some of the players are now in discussion with us and we are close to signing them,'' he stated.

Nurdin disclosed his club has had no trouble roping in domestic players but the squad is experiencing difficulties in roping in foreign players.

"We are moving on smoothly in roping in domestic players, we have not done so for foreign players given some of the countries have yet to open their borders in an effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic,'' he noted.

''We have, nevertheless, began communicating with the players and they will jet in to seal contracts next month after their respective countries have opened their borders.''

Nurdin pointed out Azam FC will not recruit many players next season, saying the side will mostly seek to strengthen some of the positions.

He said the will only rope in three foreign players, given the squad lately needs the mentioned number of foreign players.

He said three of Azam FC's foreign players' contracts have ended but the squad has seven foreign players who still have contracts with them.

"The coach has told us he is in need of right and left fullbacks, two midfielders, two forwards and two wingers, therefore three of them will be foreign and others will be local players,'' he noted.

Azam FC settled for third spot in the Premier League after collecting 70 points, with Yanga holding the second spot after recording 72 points, 16 points behind league winners, Simba SC.