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Azam hope to advance despite home setback

Azam hope to advance despite home setback

AZAM have maintained that they still have a chance to sail into the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup despite being held to a barren draw by Pyramids over the weekend.

The two sides met in the first leg of the competition at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam, but neither of them scored after normal 90 minutes of play.

The outcome has since made the return leg to be played in Egypt unpredictable since none of the two has a direct advantage to win on the day as such, the return battle seem tricky.

However, briefing reporters after the game, Azam Assistant Coach Vivier Bahati said they still have another 90 minutes to play in Egypt and have not yet put down their arsenals.

“Of course our game plan was to win the match in order to be better placed ahead of the reverse fixture. With this outcome, we need to go back to the training ground to make strategies for the next away game,” he said.

He added: “We are aware that the reverse leg will be difficult as they (Pyramids) will try to push for the victory hence we just need to be strong too by playing with confidence and determination to win.”

On his part, the club’s Information Officer Thabit Zakaria also expressed his belief of doing wonders in Egypt by stamping good results which will see them marching into the next stage of the contest.

“We had a great match today (Saturday) and our team played very well through blocking all the areas which looked lethal from the visitors.

This alone was a big achievement for us. “For the next match in Egypt, we need to take our scoring chances and be efficient at the goal mouth.

Even today (Saturday), we created numerous scoring opportunities but we misused them,” said Zakaria. He then denied claims from people that Azam are harmless without their top scorer Prince Dube saying each player in the squad is of good quality only that they lacked fortune to win the encounter.

Dube is not fit to be featured in competitive games as he is still nursing to the injury he picked during their preseason camp in Zambia but according to Zakaria, he is nearing full recovery.

This was the third time for Pyramids to play in the country in the confederation cup whereby in their past two duels, they managed to win 2-1, 2-0 against Young Africans and Namungo respectively.

As such, Azam have therefore succeeded to stop their (Pyramids) winning on Tanzania soil.

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