Tanzania Premier League outfit Azam FC is in talks with French coach Denis Lavagne over the possibility of becoming their next head coach following the dismissal of Aristica Cioaba on Thursday.
Sources confirmed to Football256 that the former Cameroon Indomitable Lions, Le Havre and Free State Stars coach is a very strong candidate to become the next coach at the Ice Cream Makers.
A deal is yet to be struck between Lavagne and Azam, but talks have gone on smoothly and the two parties are understood to be on a path to an agreement soon.
An announcement is expected by the start of next week, however, that depends on how the negotiations advance between the two parties.
The 56-year old has coached in six different African countries so far with his last stint as head coach being at Algerian club Constantine, leading the club to the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League in 2019 before he was sacked in the same year.
Meanwhile, Coiaba’s sacking was announced by the club after consecutive defeats to KMC last week and then against Yanga FC on Wednesday; the latter defeat pulling the club off the top of the table into second.
Azam had a perfect start to the season, winning seven games before that run was stopped by Ugandan midfielder Boban Zirintusa’s Mtibwa Sugar at the end of October.
The Romanian coach took over coaching reigns at the club – which is home to 2020 Football256 Player of the Year Nicholas Wadada – in October 2019. He was in charge of 50 games, winning 28 and suffering 11 defeats.
Azam will travel to Biashara United in the league on Monday and the club will be hoping to appoint a new manager before then.