Azam FC vies for Omar's signature to bolster striking force

By Nassir Nchimbi , The Guardian
Published at 06:00 AM Jun 07 2024
Striker Adam Omary.
Photo: Agencies
Striker Adam Omary.

AZAM FC is out to bolster its striking force as the club has begun talks to sign Mashujaa FC striker Adam Omary, who is now a free agent.

PhotoThe Chamazi Street-based club is battling for the forward's signature after completing the signings of four foreign players for next season's Premier League.

The ice cream makers have now introduced Colombians Jhonier Blanco (forward) and Ever Meza (midfielder), and Malians Mamadou Diaby (defender) and Frank Tiesse (attacker).

According to sources, with all terms agreed between Azam and Omary, talks are in good stage for the outfit to sign the experienced striker who has scored seven goals for Mashujaa FC in the just-ended season.

Omary, aged 26, previously played for African Lyon, Tanzania Prisons, Mtibwa Sugar, Polisi Tanzania, and JKT Tanzania.

The skilful attacker, moreover, boasts of having experience in plying his trade outside the country after playing for Libya's sides, Etihad Tripoli and Allwahda.

Sources within Azam have revealed the presence of the deal that was set to be sealed after this season's Federation Cup final that ended with Azam succumbing to 6-5 loss to Yanga in penalty shootout at New Amaan Complex in Zanzibar on Sunday.

"We are signing Omary due to his prowess and goal scoring form he showed when he was at Mashujaa FC. He is the player our coach wants and he will be revealed as an Azam FC player," the source remarked.

"Few things have remained before he is revealed as our player. The deal is not yet done. That's why I can't confirm that he is our player, but should there be no changes then we will have him as our player next season," the source added.

Omary said he is now a free agent, who is open to having talks with any team that shows positivity and ambitions to win titles.

"I have tested free agency before, and I am always careful in selecting my options. I have yet to sign for Azam but anything can happen because of my status, I am very ambitious. I aim to join a team that is ambitious as well, a club (with an environment) where I can grow," the forward noted.

Azam was short of strikers last season after Zimbabwean Prince Dube asked to leave the club in March and, since then, he has not featured for the club.

Alassane Diao picked an injury that resulted in winger Abdulhamis Suleiman, alias ‘Sopu’, playing as a striker.

Omary, next season, is expected to vie for the number nine position against Diao and Blanco in the starting lineup once the team assembles for preparation for various showdowns.

Senegalese coach Youssouph Dabo has lately improved the quality and standards of various local players at the club, including Yahya Zayd who has excelled in defensive midfield this season.

Adolf Bitegeko has flourished in central defensive midfield role and, early this week, earned his first Taifa Stars call-up ahead of World Cup qualifiers’ tie against Zambia.