Azam FC travels to Zambia for pre-season training

24Aug 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC travels to Zambia for pre-season training

AZAM FC squad yesterday headed to Zambia for a pre-season camp to prepare for the new Premier League season, Federation Cup, and CAF Confederation Cup.

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

The outfit left early in the morning for Ndola where the team's players and tacticians will be there until the beginning of September.

Azam FC's head coach, George Lwandamina, is said to be a major catalyst for his squad to set up camp in Ndola, Zambia.

The club's management has already announced the schedule of international friendly matches for their squad while they participate in drills in the camp.

Azam FC will play four international friendly matches against Zambia's Red Arrows FC on August 25, Zanaco on August 29, Forest DC on September 2, and Zesco FC on September 3.

Azam FC will take part in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup, which officially kicks off on September 15, with the club set to lock horns with Somalia’s Horseed FC in the preliminary stage.

If Azam FC qualifies for the next stage the squad will face Egypt giants, Pyramids FC, who enters the tournament as strong favourites to win the title.

The Egyptian outfit had lost the final of the 2020 edition and, in the previous season, it lost to Morocco's Raja Casablanca in the semi-finals.

Azam FC begins the pre-season after finishing in this season's CECAFA Kagame Cup semi-final stage, in which it was knocked out by Malawi's Nyasa Big Bullets FC.

Zanzibar's KMKM, later on, notched a 1-0 win over Azam FC in a third-place playoff to end third and relegate the latter to the fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Azam FC Information Officer, Thabit Zakaria, said they had canceled a special day seeking to open a new season, known as the 'Azam festival', which was to be held recently because the schedule was too tight.

With Azam FC seeking to keep pace with the daily market changes, the side last week introduced Jonas Tiboroha as the outfit's director of sports.

The title was previously vacant within the club and Azam FC has been the first to advertise the post which no other team in Tanzania has.

His job is to oversee all matters about football within the club - a position that is second only to the club's chief executive officer and others to follow, including the technical director.

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