Tanzania: Azam Pitch Premiership Camp in Isles

PREMIERSHIP'S giants Azam FC leave today for Zanzibar to pitch a camp ahead of the Premier League kick off on August 20, this year. The camp in Isles, according to the club officials will also be used to test new players' skills before the transfer window closes its door next month.

The club's spokesman, Jaffar Iddi told the 'Daily News' that the intensive training at the camp was essential for the team seeking to reshape following the arrival of many new faces and a coach.

"All players including the foreign imports are involved in the camping trip which will also serve as trials for the new recruits. The new coach wants to see all of them and their skills before deciding who deserve to play for the club," said Iddi.

He said the only missing player is the Spanish goalkeeper, Juan Gonzales, who failed trials. Until yesterday, Azam had six foreign players seeking the club's approval. The players include Bruce Kangwa from Zimbabwe, Fuad Ndayisenga (Burundi), defender Mohamed Chikoto (Niger), while strikers are Ibrahima Fofana (Ivory Coast), Mossi Issa (Niger) and Ivorian goalkeeper Daniel Yeboah. He said while in Zanzibar, Azam FC will play several friendly matches which he said will help the coach assess his players' skills.

Before the Zanzibar trip, Azam FC played several friendly matches and won all. The team defeated Friend Rangers 2-1, Ashanti 2-0 before posting a voluminous 5-0 victory over Kinondoni FC.

All matches were played at Azam Chamazi Complex in Dar es Salaam. Now one the premiership giants, Azam FC finished second behind Young Africans in the last season. Also the East and Central African champions, Azam have won a ticket to play in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2016/17 season.

Source: Tanzania Daily News.