Azam Heading To Tunisia For Pre-Season

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Azam will head to Tunisia for a pre-season camp. The club players are currently on a break after  finishing third in the league, 19 points behind champions Young Africans and 14 points shy of first runners up Simba.

They reached the Federation Cup final after edging out Simba in the semi finals but lost 1-0 to Young Africans to end up trophyless for a fourth season in a row. Overall, Azam played 30 games in the 2022/23 League campaign, winning 18 and losing 7 –  to qualify for the 2023/24 CAF Confederation Cup.

Continental football and the newly-formed Community Shield  Knockout Cup will add even more games to an already-packed schedule, which has seemingly motivated the club to head to Tunisia for their preparations of what seems to be an upcoming gruelling campaign.

According to the club spokesman Hasheem Ibwe, the players will report for preseason  on Tuesday and immediately undergo medical checkup before beginning training in line with the standard six weeks of preseason preparations that teams require to be ready for the new campaign

The club will camp in Dar until their weekend trip to Tunisia on Sunday where they are expected to play several friendly games including one with African giants Esperance de Tunis. Ibwe revealed the decision behind settling for Tunisia.

“We are going to a country where there is similarity in weather and perhaps a little of the landscape of the area where we come from, but it is also an environment that we are used to in the African competitions. In Tunisia, there are teams like Esperance with whom we have good relations. We are going to have a friendly match with them, and they are also preparing for next season.”

“It is easy to evaluate ourselves that we have lost this friendly match against Esperance, we made mistakes here and there  and if we go to the CAF competition we should take this approach. We believe that while we are in Tunisia, we will find many teams that are close to opponents that we will meet in the CAF Confederation Cup. It will also provide us with a good challenge in preparation for our domestic competitions, the Federation Cup and the Tanzania Mainland Premier League.”

In the 2023/24 Azam under coach Youssouph Dabo will be eager to right the wrongs of the last campaign. They want to get  back to being a side capable of not only  competing but winning titles requires Azam to add to their armoury, a process already started by the arrival of Feisal Salum from city rivals Young Africans and Gambian winger Gibril Sillah from Moroccan giants Raja Club Athletic.

The squad rebuilding has already seen Bruce Kangwa, Aziz Kader, Kenneth Muguna, Roger Kola, and Cleophace Mkandala depart. The club also parted ways with coach Kally Ongala, Aggrey Morris, Spanish Goalkeeping  coach Dani Cadena and  fitness Coach Dr. Moadh Hiraoui as part of their technical bench restructuring.

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