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Stars host Cameroon

6th February 2013
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Cameroon team manager and former player Rigobert Song(L) speaks during a press conference in Dar es salaam yesterday.(Photo:Omar Fungo)

Tanzania national soccer team, the Taifa Stars host visiting Cameroon in an international friendly at the national Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.

The kick off time is 17.00 hours deliberately set up to allow more spectators who will be winding up the day’s business across the city.

 The much awaited encounter is important for the home boys who are gearing up for the 2014 World cup qualifier tie against visiting Morocco mid next month.

The encounter is within the FIFA bracket for international friendlies whose results will be used to compute next month’s global ranking.

He teams have met twice in competitive matches of the African Nations Cup qualifiers in 2007. Cameroon has won the return leg in Yaoundé after being held to a barren draw in Dar es Salaam a week before under Brazilian coach Marcio Maximo.

Fever has gripped most of the Tanzanian fans who are expected to flock at the national Stadium to watch how the star-studded Cameroon players perform against minnows Taifa Stars.

While Cameroon have a beautiful football background and stand as the match’s favourites, Taifa Stars will be buoyed by full support from their home fans who are expected to cheer them throughout.

 A victory for Cameroon will be the first against minnows Taifa Stars before their home fans.

Not much is known for the Stars players after the team opened just an ad hoc training last weekend to gear up for the match. Though most of the players have been with their teams for the ongoing premiership, team cohesion in the Stars line-up is important against a well drilled full fledged professional side like the Indomitable Lions.

 Focus will be given to strikers of both sides as the visitors have talismanic Samuel Etoo while the home boys bank on the brilliance of slippery Mrisho Ngasa and Mwinyi Kazimoto at the midfield role.

Ngasa and Etoo are likely to keep defenders of either side busy in an attempt not to concede goals.

Victory for Taifa Stars will be another milestone achievement in international football as the team is still low-ranked in the global football chart.

Stars are really floating in high-tide waters as they face the team with massive experience and formidable in connection with international football.

 Should the home boys post win in today’s encounter they will be ringing an alarm bell to the visiting Morocco in next month’s 2014 World Cup qualifier duel.

Stars coach Kim Poulsen says his boys are well prepared for the clash and home fans should cheer them to give inspiration towards a possible victory.

Cameroon with all the much touted football stars are also not prepared to lose to minnows like Taifa Stars and the battle is presumably expected to be fierce and thrilling.

This will be the second international friendly for Tanzania after losing to Ethiopia during last month’s tie played in Addis Ababa. 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN