Azam miss trio in CAF encounter

19Apr 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Azam miss trio in CAF encounter

TANZANIA representatives in this year’s edition of CAF Confederation Cup Azam FC meet hosts Esperance de Tunisia in the return leg tie in Tunisia today.

AZAM FC striker Kipre Tchetche (r) vies for the ball with Esperance defender Iheb Mbaarki (l) during their CAF Confederation Cup in Dar es Salaam.

Conspicuous miss in Azam’s line-up are Kipre Tcheche and defending duo of Paschal Wawa and Shomari Kapombe who have been ruled out due to injuries.

The Tanzania envoys kick off the match with massive psychological advantage after posting a narrow but significance 2-1 victory at home ten days ago.

The Tanzanian team needs to play it safe and at least secure a draw should they need to book a place in the next stage of the competition.

However, the ice-cream makers are in for a huge task against a side which is highly experienced in the soccer business for long spells.

The game with late kick off is expected to be tough as hosts Esperance are not prepared to concede an upset against minnows Azam at their very backyard.

Azam will be short of their three most important players in the likes of Ivorians Tcheche and Wawa, while all rounder Kapombe who has been ruled out for at least three months before coming back to action.

However, defending duo of Aggrey Morris and Gabriel Mwamtika are expected to be picked up by coach Stewart Hall to fill the gap left by lynchpin defender Wawa.

Azam have no problem upfront despite absence of highly experienced Tcheche who is nursing injuries to stay on the sidelines.

Young strikers Ramadhan Singano and Farid Musa are expected to team up well with stalwart John Bocco to spearhead attacks against the home side.

Weather condition in Tunis will be temperate with temperatures that favour the hosts more than the visitors.

While Esperance will be banking on their away goal they scored in Dar es Salaam during their first leg tie, Azam have the task of scoring at least one goal to pulverise the hosts.

Azam have never produced huge upsets in CAF leagues whenever they play outside the country and the latest drama was during last year’s Champions League exit at the hands of EL Merreikh when they tumbled by 3-0 goals despite posting a handsome 2-0 goals at home in Chamazi.

Meanwhile other Tanzania representatives in the CAF Champions League will be in action tomorrow as they face Egyptian champions National Al Ahly in Cairo. Yanga and Ahly ended their first leg match of the last 16 played in Dar es Salaam twelve days ago with 1-1 draw.

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