Taifa Stars keen on better preps for CHAN qualifiers against Sudan   

09Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Taifa Stars keen on better preps for CHAN qualifiers against Sudan   

SENIOR national soccer side, Taifa Stars, are set to mostly field locally based players in an international friendly encounter with Rwanda, which will be played in Kigali on October 14.

Taifa Stars’ players participate in training in Dar es Salaam yesterday to shape up for an international friendly game against Rwanda to be played in Rwanda next week. Taifa Stars are set to come up against Sudan in the return leg of the second round of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers in Sudan on October 18.

The clash will serve as Taifa Stars’ preparations for the return leg of the second round of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Sudan, slated for four days later in Sudan.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Clifford Ndimbo, noted the decision has come about as Taifa Stars’ interim head coach, Etienne Ndayiragije, focuses on preparing his team well for the crucial qualifiers against Sudan.

Ndimbo pointed out the Taifa Stars gaffer has selected a few foreign-based players for reasons he had recently presented to the country’s soccer followers.

He disclosed the foreign-based players’ inclusion in the squad also aims at meeting the agreement TFF sealed with Rwanda’s soccer governing body, FERWAFA, in which the two bodies agreed to see to it the teams field first choice sides in the friendly.

The TFF official disclosed Taifa Stars have already begun participating in training session to shape up for the next week’s international friendly.

The sessions, according to the official, will take place for the rest of this week.

Sudan recorded a shock 1-0 victory over Taifa Stars in the first leg of the qualifiers, which took place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam a week ago.

Taifa Stars, for that matter, must come out with victory over their opponents in the coming clash, which is expected to take place in Mereikh, should the former sail through to the finals which will be hosted by Cameroon early next year.

Players that form Taifa Stars squad for the international friendly against Rwanda are keepers, Juma Kaseja Said Kipao and Metacha Mnata, defenders Salum Kimenya, Shomari kapombe, Mohamed Hussein, Kelvin Yondani, Erasto Nyoni, Bakari Nondo and Gadiel Michael.

Midfielders include Himid Mao, Jonas Mkude, Frank Domayo, Farid Mussa, Mudathir Yahya, Salum Abubakary, Abdul-Aziz Makame, Feisal Salum and Muzamiru Yasin.

Forwards selected for the squad are Adi Yusuf, Kelvin John, Andrew Simchimba, Ayoub Lyanga, Iddi Selemani, Simon Msuva, Miraj Athuman, Shabani Iddi and Ditram Nchimbi.

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