Azam FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Mtibwa Sugar in a Vodacom Premier League (VPL) tie on Wednesday at Uhuru National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
After a goalless draw in the first half, the visitors took the lead in the 67th minute when Ismael Mhesa fired past Razak Abalora in Azam's goal. The Sugar Millers won a corner and as Abalora tried to parry the resultant ball over the bar he ended up directing it into his own net for the opener.
Azam won a penalty in the 77th minute when Idd Seleman was brought down as he tried to create some space to shoot after he received a corner ball. Richard Djodi, who was a second-half entrant, took the penalty to equalize the score.
Mtibwa Sugar were reduced to 10 men after their defender Dickson Job was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute. It did not take long before Azam too were forced to play with fewer players when striker Shaban Chilunda was shown a straight red card when he dangerously fouled Awadah Salum.
The draw will see Azam continue to occupy second place with 36 points while Mtibwa Sugar remain 16th with 23 points.
Mtibwa Sugar will be away for their next match again as they visit Yanga SC while Azam will visit Mbeya City on February 2.
Azam FC XI: Razak Abalora, Nickolas Wadada, Bruce Kangwa, Daniel Amoah, Yakubu Mohammed, Bryson Raphael, Idd Seleman, Salim Hoza, Shaban Chilunda, Salum Abubakar, Idd Kipagwile,
Subs: Ali Mwadini, Abdul Omary, Aggrey Moris, Never Tigere, Frank Raymond Domayo, Joseph Mahundi, Richard Djodi.
Mtibwa Sugar XI: Said Mohamed, Kibwana Shomari, Issa Rashid, Dickson Job, Kassian Ponera, Abdulhalim Humoud, Ismail Mhesa, Ally Makarani, Riphat Khamis, Awadah Salum, Salum Kihimbwa.
Subs : Abuutwalib Mshery, Salum Kanoni, Sultan Omar, Henry Shindika, Haruna Chanongo, Stamili Mbonde, Juma Liuzio.