Taifa Stars head coach Jan Poulsen is making another attempt to lead his boys into the qualifier series of the African Nations Cup in a match against Mozambique to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.
The coach, who was responsible for the team’s dismal performance during the Nations Cup qualifiers running for the just ended edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, need to install another approach this time to fire the boys into the continental soccer berth in South Africa next year.
Football fans have witnessed Stars under Poulsen posting the only victory out of the six-match qualifier series at home to Central Africa Republic.
Two home and away draws with Algeria added to the team’s five-point collection to crash out of the run as Nations Cup hoodoo still lingers fresh into the memory of the soccer-mad Tanzanian fans.
With six months to wind up his first contractual tenure to coach Stars, Poulsen need to show some changes he has worked for and inspire the team into victory.
Most of the fans believe that the coach’s honey moon is long overdue as they look forward to successful results when it comes to international football.
This is the time the Danish is supposed to exhibit his heroics given all the needed support including a wide option of team selection.
A loss at home is not what is expected of the home fans regardless of the FIFA ranking disparity of the contesting teams today.
Under Poulsen’s hands, Stars have been plunging deep into the worst part of the FIFA rankings to hit sensitive three digit-figures of 139.
Inactivity and loss of international matches are key factors of Stars ranking shortfall.
Virtually, Poulsen need to find a new formula to unlock the team’s losing streak to bounce back into respectable rankings through winning.
Mozambique are not strange to the Tanzanian fans when they recall the disappointment of losing the final qualifier game in September 2007, when Tico Tico’s header ricocheted into the net to leave goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda sprawling on the turf barely seconds after the kick off.
No one knows what is exactly in store for the Mozambicans this time, but coach Poulsen and his boys should not expect an easy ride in today’s encounter.
Mozambique’s German coach Gert Josef Angels said his boys will be all out to haul the three important points despite of poor knowledge of Stars’ playing style.