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Twiga Stars back to Dar, face Members of Parliament today

26th January 2012
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Twiga Stars head coach Boniface Mkwasa

Twiga Stars are expected to shift their residential training camp from the Ruvu National Service military base to Dar es Salaam today preparing for the African Women Championship preliminary round second leg tie against Namibia.

The national ladies football team defeated Namibia 2-0 in the first leg played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on January 14 and the second leg will be held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Twiga Stars head coach Boniface Mkwasa told The Guardian that the team will shift from Ruvu and face a side formed by Members of Parliament (Bunge) today at the Karume Memorial Stadium starting at 04:00pm.

 

According to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) media officer, Boniface Wambura, the legislators will play the recreational match against Twiga Stars before presenting their donation to the national women’s soccer team.    

 

While in Dar es Salaam, Twiga Stars will also use the opportunity to experience the National Stadium’s pitch which will be used for the AWC qualifier.

Mkwasa said he has already informed the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to ask the government to allow his players to use the pitch for two days – today and tomorrow - to be familiar with it before the Sunday’s encounter with Namibia.

"We planned to let our players be familiar with the pitch, otherwise we all can be foreigners in our own stadium on Sunday.

“It will not be possible to train on the pitch on Saturday because of the Premier League match (Young Africans v JKT Ruvu) and also Confederation of African Football (CAF) rules stipulate that only visitors (Namibia) will be allowed to use the stadium one day before the match," said Mkwasa.

Mkwasa also said he was happy that there was no illness or injuries in his squad up to yesterday’s evening and they have been training for four hours daily.

"Everything is okay in the squad. We have two training sessions daily, in the morning and evening.  I have no injuries. We only urge more football stakeholders to help the team so that all preparation woes that the team is facing can be solved as promised by our legislators who will present their donation today," added Mkwasa.

The coach also urged soccer fans to come in large numbers to cheer Twiga Stars on Sunday.

According to the TFF’s media officer, the lowest entry fee for the African Women Championship qualifier on Sunday will be 2,000/- for the blue and green stands.

Wambura also said children under 10 years of age will pay 1,000/- each, but the children will be required to accompany their parents or guardians at the stadium.

Other entry fees for the match will be 3,000/- for orange stands, 5,000/- for VIP B and C stands, and 10,000/- for VIP A stands.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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