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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Twiga trainer opts to overhaul squad

18th June 2012
Twiga Stars head coach, Charles Boniface

Twiga Stars head coach Charles Boniface says there is an urgent need to overhaul the team’s current squad.

Boniface was responding to a post-match interview soon after his team was eliminated from the African Women Championship qualifier tie by visiting Ethiopia in Dar es Salaam last Saturday.

Boniface bemoaned of age taking its tool on most of the team’s players to lack agility and versatility.

“We need new players to beef up the team so that it performs well at future tournaments,” said the disappointed Boniface.

Ethiopia completely dashed hopes of the host side to cruise into their second AWC berth after a 3-1 goal aggregate win at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Twiga Stars had succumbed to a 2-1 loss during the first leg tie played in Addis Ababa a fortnight ago.

A 1-0 loss culminated to the home side departure from the continent’s high-profile women football platform.

The coach said age is taking its ultimate toll across the team’s fleet of players who can no more learn new tactics as well as lacking creativity on the field of play.

The coach, who was non committal on his future for the team, said he is analysing the game and will soon come up with a report on the team’s failure to qualify for the championship.

He said he has been raising the issue of beefing up the team with new players but the authorities were not cooperative enough.

“During the two international test matches, I observed that my players are tired and there is a need to have new players on board. However, instant changes would not be effected as the team was already registered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” said Boniface.

“Now I think we can have enough time to recruit players and my advice to football authorities is that they must start organising serious and competitive women soccer tournaments,” he said.

However, he said despite enjoying enough possession of the ball, Twiga players were tired and disorganized the development which gave Ethiopians a chance to successfully safeguard their goal.

He said his team threw overboard a number of scoring opportunities that came their way albeit being completely outperformed and outplayed by the visitors.

The Twiga Stars team lost all their trial matches before travelling to Addis Ababa for the crucial tie. They lost to both Zimbabwe and South African teams last month.

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