By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Zimbabwe International striker, Prince ‘Mgadafi’ Dube’s second half strike for Azam FC saw the Tanzanian giants grab a win after a 2-1 victory over Mbeya FC in the Tanzanian Vodacom League match played Thursday.
Dube doubled the score line in the 60th minute, after Iddy Nado opened the account for Azam.
The former Bosso striker is back in action after suffering a hand injury back in a November.
He suffered a left arm fracture which sidelined him for nearly eight weeks and was flown to South Africa for surgery.
Azam is now seated on third position on the log, 10 points behind log leaders, Young Africans.
The 23-year old striker’s return from injury is boost for Warriors coach, Zdravko Logarusic who has a headache over injuries.
Zimbabwe is set to play AFCON qualifier matches against Zambia and Botswana later next month.
Mgadafi’s last minute strike in November last year at National Sports Stadium, helped Zimbabwe secure a 2-2 draw in a back-to-back AFCON qualifier match against Algeria.
However, two key players, Khama Billiat and Knowledge Musona sustained injuries last month while turning out for their respective clubs.
In recent media reports, Warriors Manager Wellington Mpandare said Musona was expected to be out for two months and some weeks, whilst Kaizer Chief’s forward, Billiat is however said to be closing in on a return.
Mpandare said the former Mamelodi Sundowns man was left with three weeks to regain full fitness.
Warriors are seated on second position in Group H, 5 points behind already qualified African giants Algeria.
Zimbabwe have a better chance to qualify for the rescheduled 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Algeria.
The tournament was originally scheduled for July 1 to August 1,2022, however the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic forced to CAF to postpone the tournament to January 2023.