Taifa Stars coach open to call Job in upcoming selections

By Nassir Nchimbi , The Guardian
Published at 11:50 AM Mar 18 2024
Yanga's central defender Dickson Job
Photo: Guardian Correspondent
Yanga's central defender Dickson Job

TANZANIA's national football team's interim head coach Hemed Suleiman is open to recalling central defender Dickson Job in future selections after solving differences that arose between the coach and the player in the AFCON finals in Ivory Coast.

Job addressed to the coach that he was not willing to play out of position- after he was instructed to feature as a right-back when Taifa Stars faced DRC Congo in a decisive AFCON tie. The youthful center-back insisted he wanted to play in his preferred position.

The Yanga defender did not feature in the continental tournament as his only chance was the match pitting Taifa Stars against DRC- Suleiman took the center-back out of the matchday squad.

According to Suleiman, he opted out of selecting Job for the upcoming Taifa Stars' FIFA series match against Bulgaria and Mongolia scheduled for this month but the Yanga central defender is still a national team player.

During the period, Tanzania will play two friendly matches against Bulgaria on March 22 before hosting Mongolia on March 25.

Suleiman noted: "I cannot disclose everything that happened, I am protecting the player because he is still a national team player, we talked about the issue and it is already solved, but he is out of the 23-man squad this month."

The tactician insisted: "Per my national team's needs he fits at the right-back position, not at central defense where I have many options in that area. He stated that he did not want to play at right back then I opted to call the present players."

"Job is a good player and has a bright future ahead, but Mwamnyeto, Hamad and now Kennedy Juma fit in the central defensive area, there are more central defenders for the squad, but as I previously said, he is still a national team player," he said.

Hamad and Mwamnyeto have so far turned out to be the preferred central defensive pairing in Taifa Stars' three duels played this year, height has so far favoured the two defenders against Job.

Job lastly featured for Taifa Stars in the World Cup qualification match against Niger which ended with the Tanzania team cruising to a 1-0 victory.

The central defender played 90 minutes and later was substituted in the first minute of added-on time for Maurice Abraham.

Ahead of the international break, The full squad was made public by Suleiman in Dar es Salaam last week.

Goalkeepers: Aishi Manula (Simba SC), Aboutwalib Mshery (Yanga) and Kwesi Kawawa (Syrianska FC, Sweden).

Defenders: Bakari Mwamnyeto (Yanga), Ibrahim Bacca (Yanga), Lusajo Mwaikenda (Azam FC), Haji Mnoga (Aldershot Town, England), Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC), Novatus Dismas (Shakhtar Donetsk, (Ukraine), Kennedy Juma (Simba SC) and Miano Danilo (Villena CF, Spain).

Midfielders: Feisal Salum (Azam FC), Mudathir Yahya (Yanga), Maurice Michael (RFK Novi Sad, Serbia), Himid Mao (Talaea El Gaish SC, Egypt), Yahya Zaydi (Azam FC) and Tarryn Allarakhia (Wealdstone, England).

Strikers: Clement Mzize (Yanga), Simon Msuva (Alnajmah FC, Saudi Arabia), Kibu Denis (Simba), Abdulhamis Suleiman (Azam FC), Ben Starkie (Ilkeston Town, England) and Charles M’mombwa (Macarthur FC, Australia).