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TFF uncertain of Zambia arrival

17th December 2012
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TFF information officer, Boniface Wambura

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) is so far not sure when the African champions Zambia would land in Dar es Salaam ahead of the friendly international later this week.

The TFF information officer, Boniface Wambura, said probably today they might be in a position to know exactly when the team would jet in for the match.

Zambia had earlier confirmed to honour the friendly international against Tanzania national soccer team, Taifa Stars, days before Christmas.

The confirmation has prompted Taifa Stars coach Kim Poulsen to summon his players for a week-long training to gear up for the clash.

The Tanzania-Zambia match will be the second friendly in two months after playing against Kenya last month ahead of the Senior Challenge Cup in Mwanza.

 All players for the Taifa Stars have reported and are training under the Danish coach at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where the match will be played this weekend.

Taifa Stars squad has been highly boosted with the arrival of TP Mazembe’s striking duo of Mbwana Samata and Thomas Ulimwengu.

The duo’s release has in most cases been surrounded by uncertainty as they were not available during the Senior Challenge Cup championship that ended in Kampala on December 8.

The team would miss striker John Bocco, defender Said Nassor and goalkeeper Mwadini Ali for various reasons, including injury.

Otherwise, Wambura said the training goes on well and has been highly boosted by the change of weather that has helped to cool down simmering summer temperatures.

Zambia won the African championship for the first time in history when Gabon and Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the tournament in January through February this year.
The team would be leaving for South Africa where the Nations Cup will be held and they need to plot a title retention bid.

Their friendly in Dar es Salaam might be the last before boarding the flight to Johannesburg for title defence.
 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN