Azam FC kick off pre-season training for 2024/2025 campaign

By Seth Mapoli , The Guardian
Published at 09:37 AM Jul 06 2024
Azam FC players
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Azam FC players

AZAM FC officially began their pre-season training yesterday for the upcoming 2024/2025 season at their home ground, Azam Complex at Chamazi.

The training session saw the introduction of the club’s new signings, Jhonier Blanco, Franck Tiesse, Adam Adam, and Nassor Sadun, marking a fresh start for the team as they prepare for the challenges ahead.

In a significant reshuffle, Azam also announced the departure of several players who will not be part of the squad next season. 

The players leaving the club include Ayoub Lyanga, Daniel Amoah, Edward Manyama, Malickou Ndoye, and Issa Ndala. Additionally, Prince Dube, who terminated his contract in March 2024, has also left the club. 

Reports suggest that Dube may be on his way to join Young Africans, although no official confirmation has been made.

The Ice cream makers have secured the services of goalkeeper Mohamed Mustafa on a permanent basis from Sudanese club El Merreikh. The club had initially brought Mustafa in on a loan agreement, but after his impressive performances, they have decided to buy him outright. 

Mustafa will now remain with Azam until 2026, providing stability and experience in the goalkeeping department.

The 2023/2024 season saw Azam finish in second place in the Premier League standings, narrowly edging out Simba on goal difference. A crucial 2-0 away victory against Geita Gold on the final day of the campaign at Nyankumbu ground secured their position. 

This remarkable achievement ensures that Azam, alongside champions Young Africans, will represent Mainland Tanzania in the CAF Champions League next season.

Reflecting on the season’s challenges, Azam’s management expressed pride in the team’s resilience and determination. 

“Finishing second in the league and reaching the final of the Confederation Cup is no small feat,” remarked the club’s spokesperson, Thabith Zakaria. “It demonstrates the strength and talent of our players and coaching staff.”

Azam’s first official competition for the new season will be the Community Shield, set to kick off on August 8, 2024. This will be followed by the 2024/2025 CAF Champions League Preliminary Round, scheduled between August 16 and 18, 2024. 

The team’s management and fans are hopeful that the new signings and the continuity of key players like Mustafa will bolster their chances in these prestigious tournaments.

The club's preparations are focused on building a cohesive unit capable of competing at the highest level both domestically and in continental competitions. The addition of new talent is expected to enhance the squad’s depth and provide fresh options for the coaching staff. 

Blanco, Tiesse, Adam, and Sadun are all highly regarded for their skills and are anticipated to make significant contributions to the team’s success.

With the new season on the horizon, Azam are determined to build on their previous successes and make a strong impact in the CAF Champions League. 

The club’s management has been working tirelessly to ensure that the team is well-prepared and equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead. The focus remains on maintaining high standards of performance and achieving the club’s long-term objectives.