Azam ready for FAR Rabat test

Azam ready for FAR Rabat test
20 April 2013 08:52

 TANZANIA'S Azam FC striker Seif Abdallah is looking forward to locking horns with FAR Rabat of Morocco in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup, second round first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. The sensation young striker says Azam FC are determined to qualify for the next round of the continental second tier in their debut season and must win the home tie to be in an advantageous position ahead of the return leg, but he is aware of the threat posed by FAR Rabat. Abdallah, who came off the bench to score Azam FC’s winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over Barrack Young Controllers of Liberia during the first round first leg match in Monrovia, spoke to Cafonline.com ahead of the second round match on Saturday. Cafonline.com: How have the preparations been going for the FAR Rabat match? Seif Abdallah: We have just resumed training after a day off following Sunday’s league match against Simba and the program has been quite good, I can say our preparation has been going extremely well. We’re determined to win on Saturday as we want to qualify for the next round. Cafonline.com: But FAR Rabat present tough challenge, how do you the match and what are your expectations? Abdallah: It will definitely be a tough match. We’re going into the match as underdogs because we don’t have the same success as the Moroccans. We must be very careful, especially with the first leg played at home…. it is going to be a very tricky encounter but we’re confident and ready for it. Cafonline.com: How much do you know about FAR Rabat’s style of play, have you watched their DVDs? Abdallah: So far we have not watched their DVDs, but I hope the coach (Stewart Hall) will work on that and tell us what to do        come Saturday. One thing for sure, we know they are strong team, no doubt about that. Cafonline.com: You’re making your debut appearance in African club competitions; have you set yourself any target? Abdallah: We just want to go as far as possible in this competition. We’re going to keep our feet on the ground, give our all and see where it takes us! Cafonline.com: After a brief stint with Ruvu Shooting, you are now playing for one of the leading clubs in the country. Are you enjoying your life at Azam? Abdallah: Yes…of course yes. It was a good decision to join Azam because the team helps me develop all around as a player. I get a lot of support from my teammates and there is a great family atmosphere. The life is simply good here. Cafonline.com: And what about the competition for places given a huge number of top class strikers at Azam….. Abdallah: There is a stiff competition for places in the team, but it is not a problem at all, I believe the competition is beneficial for the team. For me, it also helps my development; I am still very young… I need to get experience and learn the business from the top players around me. This is juts my second year in the top flight football. Cafonline.com: Do these top players Kipre Tchetche, Brian Umony and John Bocco help out?Abdallah: They are all good lads and very supportive. I learn a lot from them. Cafonline.com: You scored the winning goal against Barrack Young Controllers in the first leg first round match away; are you already dreaming of scoring against FAR Rabat on Saturday, if given the chance? Abdallah: I want to score every time I get onto the pitch, in every game I play in. I doesn’t matter weather I play two minutes or one minute I just want to score. I enjoy scoring goals.