Azam out for Mwadui scalp

19Jan 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam out for Mwadui scalp

CITY giant killers Azam FC has disclosed it will settle for nothing short of a win in the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League match against Mwadui FC at the Azam Complex on the outskirts of the city today.

Hans van Pluijm, Azam FC head coach

Hans van Pluijm, Azam FC head coach, told the club's website that much as his team will miss the services of some of the first choice players, the outfit must win the match.

“It will be a tough match. Mwadui are equally strong; you also know every team gives its all when it faces Azam, in comparison with its performance in matches against other teams. Honestly it is a match we need to win," the Dutch tactician noted.

After playing two away matches in the league, Azam FC will be hosting Mwadui FC, with the hosts seeking to bounce back after having chalked up less impressive results in other matches.

Azam FC got one point in the games as the squad suffered a 2-0 defeat to Mtibwa Sugar away in Morogoro and were thereafter held to a 0-0 draw by Ruvu Shooting at the Mabatini Stadium in Coast Region.

The results have seen Azam FC cling on to the second spot in the league with 41 points, opening a five-point margin with third-placed Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC, which commanded a 5-2 drubbing of Coastal Union in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

Azam have been training at their base to shape up for today's duel. The squad started training on Thursday night in an effort to ensure it comes out with victory in today's game.

The league's first phase game between the two teams, which took place at the Mwadui Complex in Shinyanga, saw the two outfits share spoils with a 1-1 draw.

Midfielder Salum Abubakary netted the opener for the visitors and striker Charles Ilanfya levelled matters for the hosts.

In the previous season's game between Mwadui FC and Azam FC that was held at the Azam Complex, the hosts registered a 1-0 victory.

Youthful striker Yahya Zayd netted the lone goal for the hosts, fully capitalizing on goalkeeping mistake by Arnold Massawe.

Azam FC has played against Mwadui FC in seven matches, winning five matches and registered draws in two. The matches, which ended in a draw, took place at the Mwadui Complex.

In a related development, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) yesterday unveiled Biko Sports as sponsors of the 2018/19 Mainland Premier League's awards for the best player and coach of the month.

Biko Sports will, for the rest of the league's season, hand over cash prize to the best player and coach of the month, in which the latter will receive 1m/- apiece.

The federation said apart from the cash prize Biko Sports will present other awards to the best player and coach of the month.

 

 

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