Azam FC Snapshot: History, Players, Achievements and More
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Azam Football Club is a Tanzanian Premier League team based in Temeke, Chamazi, Dar es Salaam, Temeke, Tanzania. Azam FC was created in 2004 as Mzizima Football Club, and in 2005, renamed Azam Sports Club, and then, in 2006, renamed Azam Football Club. In 2010, it moved to Azam Complex Chamazi, its present stadium. It is known as “the Bakers, Wana Lambalamba, or the Chamazi Millionaires.”
Azam FC has won a total of ten trophies, including 1 Premier League, 5 Mapinduzi Cups, 2 Kagame Cups, 1 Azam Sports Federation Cup, as well as 1 Community Shield.
Azam FC went undefeated in the 2013/2014 season, becoming only the second club (1st was Simba SC in 2009/2010) to do so.
From matchday 18 of the 2012/2013 season to matchday 4 of the 2014/2015 season, Azam FC went on an undefeated run of 26 games in the league. In 2015, it was the first Tanzanian cub to lift the Kagame Cup while conceding no goals in the competition.
Azam FC is among Tanzania’s most popular soccer clubs. Its rivals are Simba SC, Yanga SC, African Lyon and, Mtibwa Sugar FC.
Azam FC Initial Years (2004 to 2005)
Azam FC was created on July 23, 2004, under the name Mzizima FC. It was founded by the employees of the Mzizima milling plant for wheat flour, which is controlled by the Said Salim Bakhresa (SSB) cluster of companies and is located at Banda la Ngozi on Nyerere Road, in Dar Es Salaam’s Ilala.
Hafidh Salim (who went on to become the 1st Chairperson), Seif Kiwile Mshamu, Ali Mlungula, Athuman Kikila, Chuli Ramadhan, Babu Ayubu, and Mohamed Makununi Saad came up with the idea for Mzizima FC. Abubakar Mapwisa, Twaib Chuma Suleiman, Seleman Mabehewa, Seif Mohamed’King,’ Idrissa Nassor ‘Father,’ Abdallah Hassan, and Ibrahim Jeshi, joined them after that. They formed the Azam FC solely for fun and relaxation after long days at work, in order to better their social lives, well-being, and health.
They needed a training area and approached Tanzania Railways Limited (TRC), who agreed to let them utilize the open space located at Ilala Goods Shed. The job of leveling the land began right away after being given the go-ahead by TRC.
They named the stadium ‘Surulele’ inspired by the iconic National Stadium in Nigeria’s Lagos, where the Taifa Stars competed in the 1980 AFCON.
The area provided an opportunity for the players, most of whom were also employees, to demonstrate their abilities. The first-ever Azam FC squad included Nassor Idrissa, Salva Mayola, Salum Kakolo, Ali Dosho, Mjomba Akili, Gabriel Manyoronga Sebastian, Mohamed Kikuni, Salehe Hillary, Tebela, Mussa Lumbi, Zabron Mihangi, Hatibu Katoto, Hamis Jafar, Amiri Rashid, Ibrahim Jaluo, Mbaraka Shaaban ‘cantona’, Abbas Kuka, Hassan Jeba, Amin Abdulkarim ‘Popat’, Mussa Juma, Said Nachikongo, Faraj Ismail, James Kilongola Adriano, and Mazaila Athuman.
Ilala Champions 2005
Mzizima FC entered the official league in 2005 after entering division four, having played friendly matches only. Division four is the lowest official league in the football pyramid of Tanzania, and it is organized by the football associations of several districts. Mzizima FC, based in the Ilala area, participated in the Ilala District League, organized by the District Football Association of Ilala, which was held from 1st to 28th May, at Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School pitch in Ilala.
Mzizima FC advanced to the final, where they defeated Ndanda FC from Misheni Kota, Dar e Salaam’s Kariakoo 2-1, with Mussa Lumbi scoring a brace, with the Ilala MP Hon Mussa Hassan in attendance.
SSB’s Managing Director, Mr. Bakhresa Abubabar, presented the Azam FC formerly known as the Mzizima FC squad with a check for 330,000/= as prize money for winning the tournament.
In the 2006 season, Mzizima FC was promoted to the regional league of Dar es Salaam (tier three) as a result of the win.
Azam Sports Club
Other industries owned by SSB also had their football teams. In 2005, all the teams agreed to unite with Mzizima SC in order to make a stronger club, following the advice of Abubabar Bakhresa. The teams included TAZARA – Buguruni (Mineral Water Industry & Wheat Flour Milling), Kipawa (Bakery & Biscuits), and Vingunguti (Omary Garage & Packaging).
They opted to hold a tournament for all the teams in order to assist in choosing players for a new team. The tournament was held at Ukonga’s Airwing ground. Kipawa FC and Mzizima FC qualified for the final. However, the game was called off after Kipawa challenged the referee.
After the contested competition, each team kept its status, but after some time, some players deserted other teams to join Mzizima FC in response to Mr. Abubakar Bakhresa’s demand. Id Abubakary and Luckson Kakolaki of Kipawa were among them. This resulted in Mzizima SC being stronger and the other teams becoming weaker, and they eventually gave in and agreed to unite with Mzizima FC and form a single team.
Azam is the umbrella name of the SSB group of firms, therefore the newly established squad took on the name Azam Sports Club on October 28, 2005.
2006 Azam Football Club
Azam FC was promoted to the regional league of Dar es Salaam (level 3) after winning the championship in Ilala District (level 4) in 2005. The regional competition, however, proved to be a challenge for the Azam FC team, which was wholly made up of company employees.
There was a need to strengthen the team, which necessitated hiring fresh players besides the company’s employees. The new players were instrumental in the team’s promotion to the 2nd level for the 2007 season. But it began another era, as the Azam FC club started to pay players money just for playing football, signaling the club’s professionalization.
Azam Sports Club became a fully professional club on June 6, 2006, and commemorated the transition by eliminating the word “Sports Club” and adopting “Football Club.” The club’s official name has been Azam Football Club since that day.
Players signed for the 2007 Azam FC season included Shekhan Rashid, Seleman Matola, Kasimu Kilungo, Daud Jumane, Juma Assey, James Adrian, Boniface Pawasa, Makame ‘Vigema,’ Alimu Chilumbe, and Heri Pazi. Others included Steven Nyenge and Kamba Luffo.
These players strengthened the team by bringing a wealth of international and local football expertise.
Premier League Promotion
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) stated in April of 2006 that the league calendar and system would be changed beginning in 2007. The old calendar, which ran from January to December, would be replaced by one that ran from August to May. TFF arranged a mini-league (LIGI NDOGO) to acquire representatives in African events for 2007 (since CAF still employed the February to November calendar).
All other leagues below the Premier League were to be dismantled, and a new competition known as the National League would take their place. This tournament is intended to run concurrently from the district to the national level. Promotion to the Premier League was achieved at the national level. Under the new format, a team can be founded and earn a promotion to the Tanzania Premier League all in one season.
As a result, when the 2007 season began, Azam FC was forced to go back to the district level from division two in order to compete in the new tournament. Azam FC began its matches in the Ilala District, where their first match was against Cosmopolitan at Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School, which they lost 2-0. John Bocco, aged 17, scored all of the goals.
Azam FC eventually qualified for regional competition and signed Bocco then enrolled him in the team for the remainder of the season. They also signed 16-year-old Salum Abubakary alias ‘Sure Boy’.
Azam FC made it all the way to the national level for the promotion play-offs. Musoma and Dodoma served as play-off centers, with Azam FC based in Dodoma.
The teams in their group were Mbagala Market, Uyole Mbeya’s Kijiweni FC, and Majimaji FC. Mbwana Samatta, who was 17 years old, was part of the Mbagala Market team. They drew with Mbagala Market in a tight match, and it served as a reminder of two previous regional encounters, both of which ended in draws.
That marked the start of a fierce rivalry between Mbagala Market and Azam FC. The first team to defeat Azam FC at their stadium, Azam Complex Chamazi was Mbagala Market, currently known as African Lyon. After two wins (2-0 over Majimaji and 3-0 over Kijiweni) and a stalemate draw with Mbagala Market, the Azam FC was promoted, having gained seven points.
The club’s promotion was confirmed on 27 July 2008, when John Bocco scored two free-kicks in a 2-0 win against Majimaji FC.
Azam FC has finished in the top three every season since its promotion, with the exception of 2008/2009 (8th) and 2016/2017 (4th).
Badge and colors
Azam FC Achievements
- Five Mapinduzi cups
They won in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012
- CECAFA club championship
Champions in 2018 and 2015
- Tanzania Premier League
Champions in 2013/2014
Azam FC Players
This is the list of Azam FC players as of August 19 2021
|2||Abdul Omari Haji ‘Hamahama’||Tanzania||DF|
|4||Yvan Lionnel Mballa Mboudou||Cameroon||DF|
|6||Morris Aggrey ‘chacha’||Tanzania||DF|
|11||Ismail Kader Aziz||Tanzania||MF|
|13||Peter Paul Kasunda||Tanzania||FW|
|14||Nicholas Wakiro Wadada||Uganda||DF|
|15||Edward Manyama Charles||Tanzania||DF|
|16||Ali Suleiman Ahmed ‘Salula’||Tanzania||GK|
|17||Sospeter Bajana Israel Previously David Nkulula Braison||Tanzania||MF|
|18||Domayo Frank ‘chumvi’||Tanzania||MF|
|20||Khlefin Hamdoun ‘Finito’||Tanzania||MF|
|21||Omary Zayd Yahya||Tanzania||MF|
|23||Suleiman Iddy ‘Iddy’||Tanzania||MF|
|24||Idris Mbombo Ilunga||DRC||MF|
|25||Kheri Abdallah ‘Sebo’||Tanzania||DF|
|28||Kenneth Mugambi Muguna ‘Junior’||Kenya||MF|
|29||Prince Dube Mpumelelo||Zimbabwe||FW|
|30||Valentino Kusengama Mashaka||Tanzania||FW|
Present Technical Bench
|England||Abdikarim Nasser Omar||Assistant Coach|
|Tanzania||Idd Abubakary||Coach- Goalkeeping|
|Uganda||Nyasha Charandura||Conditioning and Fitness coach|
|Tanzania||Mwankemwa Mwanandi||Team doctor|
|Tanzania||Nzawila Yusuph||Kit manager|
|Tanzania||Hamis Jumapili Salehe||Assistant kit manager|
|Tanzania||Luckson Kakolaki||Team manager|
Players Out on Loan
|GK||David Mapigano Robert ‘Kissu’||Tanzania||Namungo FC|
|GK||Benedict Haule||Tanzania||TZ Prisons|
|DF||Oscar Masai||Tanzania||Mtibwa Sugar|
|DF||Said Gadafi Ramadhan||Tanzania||Pan Africa|
|DF||Bakary Abilai||Tanzania||African Lyon|
|DF||Charles Emmanuel Lukinda||Tanzania||Namungo FC|
|DF||Laurent Alfred||Tanzania||Polisi Tanzania|
|DF||Hassan Banda Omary||Tanzania||KMC FC|
|DF||Amiry Njeru Said||Tanzania||Transit Camp|
|DF||Amos Samwel Ndumieni||Tanzania||Transit Camp FC|
|DF||Salum Abdallah Madirisha||Tanzania||Biashara United Mara|
|MF||Jackson Samwel Onditi||Tanzania||Ihefu FC|
|MF||Ally Awesu||Tanzania||KMC FC|
|MF||Rashid Mustapher Nankuku||Tanzania||Transit Camp|
|DF||John WIlbert Mkimbu||Tanzania||Ken Gold|
|FW||Bahati Idd Kipagwile||Tanzania||KMC FC|
|FW||Andrew Simchimba||Tanzania||Ihefu FC|
|35||Awilo Ally Ausy||GK||Tanzania|
|48||Bakari Bravo Mohamed||GK||Tanzania|
|32||Yassin Amiss Athuman||GK||Tanzania|
|50||Gaudence Pascal Msindo||DF||Tanzania|
|55||Kassim Ally Abdullah||DF||Tanzania|
|40||Mohamed Twalib Noor||DF||Tanzania|
|43||James Edward Nestory||MF||Tanzania|
|44||Genilson Enzo Timotheo||MF||Tanzania|
|60||Ally Jamal Jaku||MF||Tanzania|
|58||Jumanne Abdullah Said||FW||Tanzania|
|65||Yussuf Ismail Rashid||FW||Tanzania|
|56||Issa Ibrahim Athuman||FW||Tanzania|
|35||Bashiru Ashraf Malolo||FW||Tanzania|
|31||Benard Castory Paul||FW||Tanzania|
|68||Salum Ramadhan Mzenga||GK||Tanzania|
|75||Hassan Ally Abdullah||GK||Tanzania|
|85||Shabaan Ashraf Kibeku||DF||Tanzania|
|67||Joseph Gaby Phundumo||MF||Tanzania|
|82||Daniel Kamoga Ndalo||FW||Tanzania|
Present Youth Technical Bench
|Head Coach under 20||Mussa Rashid||Tanzania|
|Head Coach under 17||Mohamed Badru||Tanzania|
|Assistant||Yonatus John Matambara||Tanzania|
|Goal Keepers Coach||Hashim Mwalo Ilunga||Tanzania|
|Team Doctor||Twalib Mbaraka||Tanzania|
|Kit Manager||Ernest Mtungujo||Tanzania|
|Assistant Kit Manager||Shaaban Mbaraka Jangama ‘Cantona’||Tanzania|
|Team Manager||Said Rashid Mgunya||Tanzania|
|Seif Mohamed ‘King’||Tanzania||2004 – 2008|
|Neidar Dos Santos||Brazil||2008 -2009|
|Itamar Amorin||Brazil||2009 – 2010|
|Marsh Sylvester (Caretaker)||Tanzania||2010|
|John Stewart Hall||England||2010 -2012|
|Nagul Vivek (Caretaker)||India||2012|
|John Stewart Hall||England||2012 -2013|
|Joseph Omog||Cameroon||2013 -2015|
|Nisimbe George ‘Best’ (Interim Coach)||Uganda||2015|
|John Stewart Hall||England||2015 -2016|
|Aristica Cioaba||Romania||2017 to 2018|
|Van der Pluijm Hans||Netherlands||2018 – 2019|
|Abdul Mstaafu Mingange (Temporary Coach)||Tanzania||2019|
|Aristica Cioaba||Romania||2019 – 2020|
|George Lwandamina||Zambia||2020 to 2021|
|Abihamid Moallin||USA||2021 (Care taker)|
|Abdihamid Moalin||USA||2021 (Head Coach)|
|2014 to 2017||Kawemba Saad Byemba||Tanzania|
|2017 to 2018||Abdul Mohamed||Tanzania|
|2018 to now||MohamedAmin Abdulkarim Nurdin ‘Popat’||Tanzania|
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