Lwandamina: Zambia appointed Azam FC coach

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Former Zesco United tactician to train Chamazi’s charges for a year

Azam FC has confirmed George Lwandamina as their new manager with immediate effect.

The ice cream makers have been under Vivier Bahati, who was serving on an interim basis. The 2014 champions are optimistic that the arrival of the seasoned Zambian will help the team perform well for the remainder of the season.

“We are happy to introduce Zambian George Lwandamina as our new coach with a one-year contract,” the club announced Thursday night.

“Lwandamina replaces the Romanian Aristica Cioaba, from whom we parted ways by mutual agreement a week ago.

“We are confident that Lwandamina will help the team continue to develop to perform better in our bid to fight for the league title this season. He has an outstanding record and is familiar with Tanzanian football.”

The team management went on to explain why the 57-year-old Zambian will be a success.

“[Lwandamina] He has coached the Chipolopolo national team of Zambia and was successful when he was in charge of Zesco United and Yanga SC of Tanzania.

“The trainer will officially start his job once he gets his operating licenses, allowing him to work smoothly.

“We wish him all the best in his role as head coach of Azam FC.”

Lwandamina has also trained Mufulira Wanderers, Green Buffaloes, and Red Arrows.

The Zambian coach will replace Vivier Bahati, who has been coaching the 2014 champions on an interim basis. The Burundian led Azam to a 1-1 draw in his first game in charge a couple of days ago.

The Ice Cream Makers entered the game hoping to give the interim manager a positive result after Cioaba was sent off.

Despite being out, the 2014 champions played well but struggled to finish off the opportunities they created.

Everything changed in the 20th minute: Obrey Chirwa kicked the ball badly, but fortunately for him, it went to the right area. The defenders were unable to clear it and Lyanga finally managed to tap up close.

It turned out to be the only goal in the first half.

After the break, the charges led by Francis Baraza came back stronger in the hope of achieving a draw.

Their zeal paid off in the 58th minute. Chamazi’s chargers fouled just outside the 18-yard box, and from there, Owenga unleashed a shot that Israel Mapigano couldn’t stop.

The team will face Gwambina FC on their next mission.

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