Taifa Stars head coach Kim Poulsen has called 31 players to join an ad hoc camp ahead of next week’s international friendly against visiting Cameroon national soccer team.
The match, which is inside the FIFA bracket for international friendlies, will be played at the National Stadium on Wednesday February6.
Both football associations have agreed for the match and Cameroon players are expected to arrive in separate batches from this weekend.
Stars players are supposed to open the camp on Sunday in Dar es Salaam and train briefly before they date the visitors.
Coach Poulsen said the match will be a huge test for his players who are gearing up for the 2014 World Cup qualifier series.
The next qualifier match will be against Morocco later next month after Stars have played first legs against Cote d’Ivoire and Gambia last year.
“I expect the match to be tough and thrilling and players have shown interest to battle against one of the continent’s most formidable ad respectable football side,” said the Danish coach.
Poulsen’s line up unveiled yesterday is goalkeepers Juma Kaseja (Simba), Mwadini Ali (Azam) and Aishi Manula (Azam).
Defenders are Erasto Nyoni, Aggrey Morris (Azam), Nassoro Cholo, Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Nadir Haroub, Kelvin Yondani (Yanga) and Issa Rashid (Mtibwa Sugar).
Midfielders are Simon Msuva, Frank Domayo , Athuman Idd (Yanga) Shabani Nditi (Mtibwa Sugar), Salum Abubakar, Khamis Mcha (Azam), Amri Kiemba and Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba).
Strikers are Mrisho Ngasa (Simba) and TP Mazembe duo of Mbwana Samata and Thomas Ulimwengu.
Poulsen has been in South Africa where he was closely watching how Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco were featuring in the African Nations Cup tournament.
Stars are second in the standings table of their group that also includes Morocco.
Tanzania has never qualified to play in World Cup and so far the team has won and lost a match with four games remaining, two of them against Morocco.
The first leg against Morocco will be at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 24 and thereafter the team will remain with two other away matches to Gambia and Morocco before waiting for Cote d’Ivoire.
Taifa Stars are sponsored by Tanzania Breweries through Kilimanjaro premium lager.