Azam FC 1-0 Polisi Tanzania: Chirwa header enough to detain their visitors
The 2014 league winners have now won five out of their last seven matches against the administrative side
Obrey Chirwa’s first-half header was all Azam FC needed to defeat Polisis Tanzania by a solitary goal in a league match played at Azam Complex on Monday.
This was the seventh meeting between the two sides, and the Icecream Makers came into the match as favourites considering they have won four and drawn two of the last six meetings.
With the team aiming at challenging for the Tanzania Mainland League title this season, a win at home would be vital to set the tempo for the Chamazi-based side at the start of the campaign.
It explains the reason why the hosts started the match on a high. Zimbabwean forward Obrey Chirwa, who finished last season with 12 goals for his team, once again proved his worth a few seconds prior to the half-break.
Defensive lapses from the left allowed Prince Dube enough space to cross the ball into the danger zone. The goalkeeper made poor calculations allowing Chirwa space to rise highest and head the ball home and ensure his team went to the break with a deserved lead.
It turned out to be the only goal of the game as the administrative side went home disappointed after losing their fifth game out of the seven played against Azam FC.
Earlier on, KMC recorded the biggest win of the first round after hitting their visitors Mbeya City for four.
Emmanuel Mvuyekure cheekily beat the defenders and the custodian with his 25-yard free-kick. It was a goal that goalkeeper Harun Mandanda could not keep out.
The second goal came in the 38th minute when Israel Patrick picked out the run of Hassan Kabunda and he passed the ball to him. The latter made no mistake from three yards to ensure KMC went to the break with a two-goal advantage.
Ten minutes after the break, the hosts were at it again, this time Abdul Hillary completed a Hassan Kabunda cross which the defenders failed to clear.
A good run and finish from Paul Peter in the 73rd minute ensured KMC went to the top of the table.
In another league match, Kagera Sugar suffered a 1-0 loss against their visitors JKT Tanzania. The lone goal came in the 15th-minute courtesy Adam Adam with Kevin Kongwe providing the assist.