Zanzibar — AFTER they fought to a barren draw, coaches of both Azam FC and Coastal Union are looking forward to bounce back in their next matches of the on-going Mapinduzi Cup in Zanzibar.
Englishman Stewart Hall, his team was unlucky not to win the match played at the Amman Stadium in Zanzibar on Thursday night, saying his players demonstrated good spirit in the game. "We made a couple of dangerous forays but were denied by Coastal Union's good defending," he said, adding that they will take the next match with a much more urgency.
His counterpart Hemed Moroko equally praised his team saying they controlled the game well and deserved to win."I think we're a better side today only that we were let down by minor mistakes. We will work out on the shortcomings and come out a better side against Miembeni tomorrow (today)," he said.
Both sides deployed their full strength squads seeking an imperious start in the campaign but it was Coastal Union which looked a side more likely to win the match. They wasted several clear cut chances especially in the first 45 minutes with former Azam midfielder Suleiman Kassim 'Selembe', who was traded to Coastal Union dominating the pack of the midfield
Azam, who are the reigning champions came rejuvenated in the second half but also wasted good scoring chances. In an early kick off played at the Mao Dze Tung venue, Miembeni FC comprehensively thrashed Mtibwa Sugar of Morogoro 4-1.
Miembeni goals were netted by Adeyum Saleh Ahmed in the 41st minute and 72nd minute. Mohamed Hamdani and Rashid Roshwa also scored a goal apiece while Mtibwa Sugar consolation goal was netted by Juma Mpakala after just ten minutes from the kick off.
Friday evening Simba were set to confront Kenya's Tusker FC in a match billed to be thrilling and tough. Simba lost 3-0 in a friendly match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
Both Simba and Tusker won their opening matches on Wednesday. Simba beat Jamhuri of Pemba 4-2, notching their goals through youthful Haruna Chanongo's double in the 27th and 29th minutes, while other goals were netted by Shomary Kapombe (57) and Zambian striker Felix Sunzu (66).
Tusker, who are Kenya Premier League reigning Champions thrashed Zanzibar Premier League side, Bandari FC, 5-1.