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Captain Ibrahim Mwaipopo rifled home the only goal of the match from a free-kick just outside the 18 yard box to make it two wins out of three for his side

Visiting Tanzanian side Azam FC concluded their tour on a high after beating Kenyan Premier League side Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) 1-0 in a dull encounter played at the Nyayo National Stadium on Monday.

Azam captain Ibrahim Mwaipopo rifled home the only goal of the match from a free-kick just outside the 18 yard box to make it two wins out of three for Stewart Hall’s side who lost 2-1 to AFC Leopards on Saturday but recovered to beat Sofapaka by a solitary goal the following day.

The Tanzanian international had initiated the move from his own third, finding Ugandan striker Brian Umony on the right flank with a perfect defence splitting pass but the move was cut short by Bernard Meki for the resultant free-kick that led to the all important goal on the stroke of halftime.

The second half was brighter for the bankers with Clifford Alwanga and Jacob Kelli combining well in the 50th minute only to be denied by substitute keeper Ashi Salum Manula.

KCB coach Juma Abdalla opted for a more attacking approach in the second half, introducing former Mathare United midfield kingpin Tirus Omondi and former AFC Leopards skipper Peter Wainaina and this brought spark for the bankers who should atleast have scored a goal in the match.

In the 84th minute, Azam spun a chance to make it 2-0 when Zanzibar international Hemedi Abdulkarim saw his penalty saved by the impressive Samuel Okinda who otherwise, justified his selection ahead of Caleb Adola with a brilliant save.

Azam’s penalty loss was the third in their Kenyan tour, having lost two against AFC Leopards last week. The ice cream makers will travel back to Tanzania on Tuesday to prepare for the second half of the Tanzanian season that will start on January 26.

They face Kagera Sugar in their first match. KCB will now go back to the drawing board as they seek to have a bright start to the season after a disappointing finish last year.

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