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Congo coaches jet in Dar early

20th February 2012
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Coach Claude Le Roy

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s national team coach Claude Le Roy and his assistant arrived in Dar e Salaam last Saturday ahead of their team for the international friendly against Taifa Stars in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

The Frenchman disembarked from Emirates flight all the way from Paris to wait for his players and other team officials due to arrive in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

The DR Congo contingent comprising 24 people including 19 players are booked at a centrally located hotel in the city to gear up for the friendly.

Le Roy and Taifa Stars coach Jan Poulsen will be available for the joint press conference to be held at the Tanzania Football Federation’s premises on Wednesday morning.

Stars players who were announced to join the team open camp in Dar es Salaam to gear up for the clash.

The friendly international has been organised as a build up for Stars’ 2013 African Nations Cup qualifier tie against visiting Mozambique to be played at the National Stadium on February 29.

The match against DR Congo will be the first for the national team in the unfolding year after long spell of lay off since the team was bundled out of the Nations Cup qualifier for the just ended finals held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Stars have a busy schedule for the year as they need to compete in qualifiers running to the 2012 World Cup to be held in Brazil for the second time since 1950.

The Tanzania team which is drastically plunging deep down the FIFA rankings, need to uplift its standard to restore its location on the ladder that used to be slightly above hundred.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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