Tanzania/Nigeria: Mkwasa Picks Stars for Super Eagles Clash

Taifa Stars head coach Charles Mkwasa has named a 24-man that will move into a five-day residential training in Dar es Salaam on Monday, to prepare for their 2017 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifiers clash against Nigeria's Super Eagles.

The senior national football team trainer has retained almost the same squad that featured against Egypt in the previous round of the continental qualifier in which the Tanzanian outfit lost 2-0. Taifa Stars will visit Super Eagles of Nigeria for the mere formality Group G match due in Lagos on September 2, this year.

The 24-man squad does not include foreign-based attacking pair of Mbwana Samatta and Thomas Ulimwengu, who ply their trade in Belgium and DR Congo with KRC Genk and TP Mazembe respectively.

Mkwasa said the two players will not come to Dar es Salaam for the initial workout due to their clubs commitments but must join the team in Nigeria because it is a competitive fixture that falls within CAF calendar.

Players making the squad include goalkeepers, Deogratius Munishi, Aishi Manula and Benny Kakolanya, while defenders are Kelvin Yondani, Aggrey Morris, Oscar Joshua, Mohamed Hussein, Juma Abdul and Erasto Nyoni.

Mkwasa has named nine midfielders namely; Himid Mao, Mohamed Ibrahim, Shiza Kichuya Jonas Mkude, Ibrahim Jeba, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Farid Mussa, Juma Mahadhi and Hassan Kabunda, while strikers are Simon Msuva, Joseph Mahundi, Jamal Mnyate, Ibrahim Ajib John Bocco and Jeremia Juma. Taifa Stars are bottom of the group with only one point, while Nigeria have two points.

After Chad's withdrawal, the Group G runners-up can no longer qualify as one of the two best losers as any group that reduced to three teams have only the group winner qualifying for the finals.

Meanwhile, the national under-17 youth team, Serengeti Boys, left the country yesterday morning for Antananarivo, Madagascar, to stage a training camp in preparation for the African Youth Championship qualifier against South Africa.

The Boys will visit the South Africa's Amajimbos in the second round of the continental qualifier on August 5 before hosting their opponents on August 21 at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam.

Serengeti Boys booked a date with the Amajimbos after seeing off Seychelles on a 9-0 goal aggregate in the previous round. The delegation, led by the chairman of TFF youth football committee, Ayoub Nyenzi, includes head coach Bakari Shime, physician Francis Mngazija, interim goalkeeping coach Juma Kaseja and kit manager Venance Andrew.

The squad comprises goalkeepers, Ramadhani Kabwili, Kelvin Kayego and Samwel Edward Brazio. Defenders are Kibwana Shomari, Nickson Kibabage, Israel Mwenda, Dickson Job, Ally Msengi, Issa Makamba and Enrick Nkosi.

Source: Tanzania Daily News.