AZAM said their 2-0 loss to Young Africans is a wake- up call for them to launch their 2023/24 campaign on the gas pedal.
The Chamazi giants head to interface Singida Fountain Gate in the third-place play off the Community Shield match at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga this Sunday.
It will be an early game before witnessing the grand finale between holders Yanga and Simba in an explosive traditional derby that will decide who deserves this year’s Community Shield silverware.
“Of course, we are disappointed after missing out an opportunity to challenge for the Community Shield championship but that should not let us down, we must move on.
“ I believe that the downfall is an opportunity for us to kick-start the new season with full energy and we are all set for more action,” said Azam’s Imformation Officer, Hasheem Ibwe.
He also disclosed that the two Community Shield matches are going to strengthen further their squad ahead of the Confederation Cup and Premier League matches.
In the Premier League, the Ice Cream makers are pegged to face the newly promoted Tabora United on August 16th this year before engaging Tanzania Prisons on August 28th .
In the Confederation Cup, they expect to engage Bahir Dar Kenema of Ethiopia in a double header fixture with the first leg slated between August 18th and 20th this year in Ethiopia while the second leg duel is scheduled in Dar es Salaam between August 25th and 27th this year.
Azam have already declared that their intention is to reach the group stage of the Confederation Cup, a mission they intend to fulfill for the first time in the club’s history.
Other country’s envoys in the Confederation Cup are Singida Fountain Gate who will be making their maiden appearance into the competition.