Dar es Salaam. Azam FC missed what could easily pass as a golden chance to leapfrog past Young Africans in the ongoing Mainland Tanzania Premier League after scrapping a 2-2 draw against Kinondoni Municipal Football Club (KMC) at the Uhuru Stadium yesterday.
Azam FC have now collected 40 points from 16 matches, while KMC remained in the 11th position with 18 points from 15 matches.
Young Africans, who have played 15 matches, are at the top with 41 points. Simba are third with 27 points after playing 12 matches.
Azam FC created many clear chances in the encounter but the strikers led by Donald Ngoma failed to convert them into goals.
KMC, under the coaching of Etiene Ndiragije, changed the pattern of the game and celebrated their first goal in the 18th through George Sangija.
Azam equalised one minute before half-time through Tafadzwa Kutinyu following a good pass from Eneock Attah.
KMC started the second half with a bang and scored the second goal through Rayman Mgungila in the 63rd minute from close range before Azam’s Donald Ngoma equalised in the 85th following a good pass from Attah.
The draw was less than desirable for Azam FC despite ensuring that they maintained their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
“We created many chances in the encounter, but sometimes football depends on luck; we failed to score,” said Azam FC captain Aggrey Morris. “We are still in the title race …currently in the second position.”
KMC head coach Ndiragije commended his players for the best show despite the fact that they wasted many scoring chances, especially five minutes to time.
“We were supposed to win the match,” said Ndiragije. “We created many chances, but my players lost concentration; we are still building our team and we are sure to do better as the league is still gaining momentum.”
In another match, Lipuli of Iringa Region won 2-1 against Ruvu Shooting at the Samora Stadium in Iringa. The victory made Lipuli move up to 10th position with 20 points from 15 matches.