AZAM have stated they are eyeing to sign high-profile players who will add value and bring glory to their CAF Confederation Cup participation.
They have made it aware they aim to place the club among the giants’ clubs on a continental map next season.
The Ice cream makers have already vowed to improve their squad ahead of the action-packed 2023/24 season for the sake of doing well in both domestic and international competitions.
The club’s Media and Information Officer, Hasheem Ibwe, commented on this and reiterated that they intend to inject new players with desirable standards to parade at the club.
“We will bring on board players with enough exposure to CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup games.
“At the moment, we are extending contracts to players who still have a lot to contribute to our team’s success while, at the same time, we are releasing those who will not be part of our squad for the upcoming campaign,” he said.
So far, the Chamazi-based club has extended the contract of midfielder James Akaminko whose new deal sees him glued to the team until 2026, and he is among Azam players who performed well last season.
Already, Azam have parted ways with ten staff including players and technical bench members who were part of their last season’s brigade that managed to pedal into the Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final and ended overall third in the Premier League standings.
The recent victim of the reshuffle was veteran player come to Assistant Coach Aggrey Morris, who has been waved goodbye after joining the club in 2009.
His departure came a few days following the release of Kali Ongala, who was also serving as Assistant Coach and was the one leading the team’s tactical section in most of their competitive matches.
Others who have been shown the exit door include goalkeeper Wilbow Maseke, who began his career at Azam’s academy before being promoted to senior.
The axed list also contains Cleophace Mkandala, Rodgers Kola, Kenneth Muguna, Bruce Kangwa, Ismail Aziz, Dani Cadena (goalkeeping coach) and Moadh Hiraoui (doctor).