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Taifa Stars secure Cameroon friendly

31st January 2013
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Taifa Stars head coach Kim Poulsen

Tanzania national soccer team, Taifa Stars, have secured an international friendly against visiting Cameroon to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on February 6.

The two national teams will be meeting in a FIFA-sanctioned date and results of the game would be used in computations to rank teams globally.

This is the first friendly international between the teams since they twice met in June 2007 during competitive African Nations Cup qualifiers running for Ghana in 2008.

Stars managed to pull a barren drawn in the first leg of the qualifier played at home and went on to lose by 2-1 goals in Yaoundé barely a week later under  Brazilian Marcio Maximo as a coach.

Cameroon squad is expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam on February 3 to acclamatise with the weather ahead of the clash three days later.

Cameroon that failed to win a Nations Cup berth in South Africa, one of their uncharacteristic miss at continental stage, will be flying in with their skipper Samuel Eto’o, who was also in the squad that battled to a barren draw in June 2007.

The match kick off time has been set at 17.00 hours to open room for more spectators to gain access into the stadium in the midweek fixture.

Besides Cameroon, this time several African teams surprisingly showed interest in playing against Stars in the FIFA-sanctioned date friendly schedule.

Some of the teams that opted to date Stars include Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda and Swaziland.

Save for Swaziland, the rest of the above mentioned national teams were ready to travel to Dar es Salaam.
 Stars head coach Kim Poulsen had chosen Cameroon for the friendly based on the team’s prowess so as to sharpen his boys ahead of the 2014 World cup qualifiers in March.

 Coach Poulsen is expected to meet members of the press in Dar es Salaam today to unveil strategies ahead of the friendly tie.

Stars last international friendly was against Ethiopia played in Addis Ababa early this month as the host side triumphed 2-1 to boost their preparations for the Nations Cup tourney in South Africa.

Before playing against Ethiopia, Stars triumphed by a lone goal against Zambia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on December 22 last year.

Poulsen will have to regroup his boys for the friendly as most of them are with their clubs featuring in the Mainland premiership whose second half of the season kicked off last weekend.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN