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Bahati: team hope Azam FC assistant coach will return to top of table

The Chamazi-based team advanced to the FA Cup fourth round after beating Magereza 2-0

Azam FC assistant coach Vivier Bahati is hopeful that the team will post positive results in the second round to climb back to the top of the Tanzanian Premier League table.

After a strong start to the 2020/21 league campaign, the form of charges based on Chamazi has dropped and they have not won any of their last six games. They managed to collect four draws and lost the remaining two games.

Romanian coach Aristica Cioaba was fired and Zambian George Lwandamina took his place in the squad.

“For us coaches, our goal remains the same, to help the team reach the top of the standings; and we will try to get there in the second round,” Bahati told reporters.

“It’s a fact, we have struggled to get results especially in the last few league games. Certainly it was a disappointment for the fans as no fan likes to see their team struggle but soon it will be a thing of the past.

“Our responsibility as coaches is to make sure the team performs well and gives the fans something to smile about. We have to make the fans proud and happy as we have started the season.”

In the current transfer window, Glaciers have so far signed Congolese striker Mpiana Monzinzi to bolster the attacking department.

“We need about three players who can add some extra energy to the team so that we can bounce back and consistently perform well in the assignments ahead,” Bahati concluded.

The Lwandamina team managed to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 victory over Magereza FC.

Best defenders 2019/20 Nicholas Wadada, Ayoub Lyanga, Mudathir Yahya, Obrey Chirwa, Never Tigere and Idd Seleman were the usual first teammates deployed against Magereza.

While this largely seemed like a defensive approach on the Glaciers’ part, the former Cup champions seemed comfortable throwing direct attacks as well as strikes from the wings. They duly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Chirwa came home from a corner delivered by Tigere, and the opening game rejuvenated the home side, who would have entered the break with a bigger margin if the visitors had not turned them down three times.

Tigere then found the back of the net in the 65th minute when his fierce shot from inside the 18-yard zone gave the 2013/14 Premier League champions a deserved second goal.


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